Judd Trump has entered the semi-finals of the UK Championship after a 6-3 victory over four-time world champion Mark Selby.
Despite York’s continued illness, Trump produced some of his best snooker to overcome Selby, who is expected to give him a tougher test at the Barbican on Friday night.
But Trump ruthlessly capitalized on Selby’s mistakes, and benefited from some well-timed flukes, to book his place in the semi-finals where he will face Ding Junhui on Saturday in night
Trump is off to a fast start. Selby got a bad double kiss on the red looking into the right corner and Trump then capitalized on his 50th century to take the lead.
Selby made a superior 61 in the second frame, but Trump cleared the table for 72 to double his advantage.
The third frame required a re-rack, but this did not stop Trump who continued to rest in 93.
Shortly after a rare fluke, Trump missed a straight red to allow Selby in the fourth frame, but he couldn’t capitalize as he overcut the red into the top left corner of the others.
His error allowed Trump to quickly regain his dominance with a run of 52 and a safe rule of 4-0 lead at the interval.
Selby got his first meaningful break of the night after the one-time Trump opponent broke down.
The Jester from Leicester won the frame with a break of 60 to reduce the deficit, earning a laughable cheer from the York crowd.
Trump moved to within a frame of victory after a three-ball planter saw him take control of the frame before going on to complete a well-executed 95 break.
Selby benefited from a fluke with red at 25-4 and kept himself in the match by winning the frame. He then followed by producing his best snooker of the match with a break of 98 to move within two frames of Trump.
Selby fluked a red before Trump got one better and made a more flamboyant fluke. Selby was down 48 with 43 to go and needed two snookers, but he couldn’t do it and Trump sealed his 1,000th professional victory.
Meanwhile, in the other quarter-final match of the evening session, Ding Junhui beat Mark Williams 6-5 in an epic contest that featured the most points ever scored in a snooker frame.
Williams took the opening two frames before Ding returned to the match with a 95 break, Before the interval, Ding fired an emphatic clearance of 127 to draw level.
Williams regained more than 100 clearances, but Ding produced a second ton of the match with 135 clearances to level the scores.
Ding added a break of 72 to take the lead for the first time before the one-hour frame took place in which Williams won 101 points to 94. This was the most points ever scored in a single frame of snooker.
Momentum was with Williams and she mustered a break of 58 to move within a frame of victory, but an 85 clearance from Ding forced a final-frame decider.
A tense final frame saw Ding win his third century of the night.
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