Saturday, 4 July 2015

2015 Australian Open - Higgins to face Gould in final

The thrilling game of the semi-final stages is finished and we are now in possession of the players' name that will be facing each other in the 5th Australian Goldfields Open edition: John Higgins and Martin Gould.

John Higgins was the first to write his name on the final scoreboard as he performed a tremendous 6-4 defeat over Welshman Jamie Jones.

Although, by the way things developed throughout this tournament, Jones was considered to be favourite (his performance was top class), Higgins had other plans.

Still, as the match started breaks of 78, 51 and a perfect 96 were pushing Jamie 4-0 up! A scoreline that brought much joy into Jamie's camp of supporters.

But after the tea-break the Scotsman got back into the match and won no less than six frames in a row with breaks of 134, 89, 45, 133 and closed with a fluked blue and a 92 one!!! Now that's a comeback!

On the other side, Martin Gould scored an outstanding 6-1 victory over an out-of-sorts Stephen  Maguire.

Beginning with a witty clearance to which he added breaks of 82, 87 and 42, Gouldy practically flew at 4-0 leaving Maguire in total dismay.

But after the interval the Scotsman managed to win a frame with a top break of 61 making us wonder if this is going to be a repeat of the aforementioned match.

It wasn't to be the case for a very determined Martin Gould fired in runs of 38, 38 and 100 to get over the line and set a very interesting meeting with the four-time world champion, John Higgins.

Sunday, these two will be fighting like lions for that golden trophy, the first session kicking off at 2pm (local time), while the final one will start as usual from 7pm.

The stakes are high because Higgins is definitely looking for a good start this season and a re-taste of the fame and glory, while Gould (who is in his 2nd ranking final) will be aiming for his first ranking tile win.

Soooo, who's going to be, ay?

2015 Australian Open - Mixed semi-finals

After five days of tight matches, shocking results and tremendous snooker we have reached the semi-final stages of the 2015 Australian Goldfields Open with the likes of Jamie Jones, John Higgins, Martin Gould and Stephen Maguire ready for the kill.

So, two Scottish players, a Welshman and an Englishman will cross their cues in Saturday’ semi-finals for a place in the much-awaited final from Bendigo.

Jamie Jones scored a thrilling 5-4 victory over country-man and friend Michael White after performing a great comeback from being 4-2 down.

The deciding frame was a classic snooker affair with White getting the first chance but sadly missing a red on 56, Jones coming to the table for a perfect 66 clearance which was booking him a place in the semis.

Next in line, John Higgins won 5-3 over Joe Perry, although by his own words Joe "was the better player" in order to set a meeting with the one and only Jamie Jones.

Stephen Maguire managed to do something that many would have not predict - to beat Judd Trump, the player that everyone was seeing as favourite to defend his title.

Still, the 5-1 scoreline tells as different story. Maguire was the one who took the opener with a 62 break, added the second frame after a re-spotted black and used runs of 21 and 31 to go 3-0 in front.

Just before the interval Trump tried to build his comeback breaks of 48 and 51 getting him the first frame of the match, but after the mini-break Maguire extended his lead by winning the 5th frame on the black to which he added the 6th in no time.

The same result was obtained by a powerful Martin Gould against the dangerous Matthew Selt, breaks of 58, 122 and 72 taking him in the semi-final stages where he'll meet Maguire.

So, this is it: the drama and the pressure are on and there's no turning back. By the end of Saturday we shall find out the finalists of the first major ranking event of this season, so be sure to keep an eye on EuroSport and also this blog :-)

Jamie Jones v. John Higgins

Stephen Maguire v. Martin Gould

*all hours are local time (aka. Australia)

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