Two rounds were played yesterday in Bangkok: the last 16 and the quarter-finals
John Higgins defeated David Gilbert 6-4 to reach the last four of the SangSom Six Red World Championship in Bangkok.
The last time the pair met was in a dramatic Crucible semi-final back in May, when 30-time ranking event winner Higgins battled back to take a nerve shredding final frame decider and win 17-16.
On this occasion it was Gilbert who surged back into contention. He had trailed Higgins 5-2, before winning two on the bounce to close the gap to one. However, Higgins edged over the line on the colours in a hard fought tenth frame to progress 6-4.
Higgins is aiming for a maiden Six Red world title this week, but he will now have to overcome the 2017 winner of the event Mark Williams in the last four if he is to keep his bid alive.
Williams, who beat Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 8-2 in the final two years ago, defeated six-time ranking event winner Stuart Bingham 6-3 to ensure his progression.
Welshman Williams led the tie 4-0, having made a break of 63 in the process. Bingham responded by taking three of the next four frames, including breaks of 70 and 72, to cut his arrears and stay in touch at 5-3. However, Williams finished off the match to earn his place in the semis.
2014 Six Red World Champion Stephen Maguire secured his place in the semis with a 6-2 win over Ali Carter. Scotland’s Maguire clinched the title five years ago in Bangkok after coming through a deciding frame to beat Ricky Walden 8-7 in the final.
His opponent in the last four this year will be world number 19 Gary Wilson, who came from 5-4 down to beat Asian number one Ding Junhui 6-5.
Both semi-finals will take place tomorrow, with the final being contested on Saturday. The winner will take home a top prize of 3.5 million Baht.
All results are available on snooker.org
Regarding the last 16, most matches were close but Stuart Bingham gave Mark Selby a bit of a beating! Kyren Wilson’s defence came to an end at the hands of David Gilbert. There was a typical Jimmy White heartbreak aswell: he lead Stephen Maguire by 5-4, only to lose in a decider. Wu Yize again gave John Higgins a good game. The second streamed match was – understandably – featuring the last Thai player standing, Passakorn Suwannawat. He faced Ali Carter and it was probably the less interesting match of the whole lot – for us in Europe at least…
Tomorrow, both semi finals will be on the main table. Mark Williams will face John Higgins. 2018 World Final anyone? Stephen Maguire will play Gary Wilson. Both matches should be good!
As for Ronnie … he visited the Huizhou Middle School, before heading to Shanghai. And he paid a visit to some ladies (no! It’s not what you think! If you follow cue sports you should recognise at least one of them)