|The Scotsman Dott gets a place in the final|
The first semi-final of the day, although it wasn't such a high quality cue battle, was surely a hard one. Scotland’s Graeme Dott took on the strategist Peter Ebdon in order to book a place in tonight's final.
Although Dott managed to take the first two frames under his belt, it wasn't done in the best possible way this allowing frustration to kick in. Ebdon, on the other hand was just starting his assault. Not a great one either, as both of his half century breaks (52 and 50) were obtained with difficulty as well as the frames in question. Still, the interval found the boys all square at 2-2.
|A nervy attitude and Ebbo is out|
And so the first name through to the final is: Graeme Dott.
The evening brought the second semi-final, a way finer and exciting one; Shaun Murphy took on the seven-time champion of the world, Stephen Hendry.
|Shaun Murphy, looking foward to the final|
Although Hendry tried his best to put his nose in front before the interval, a couple of unexpected misses threw his plan away, so with runs of 48 and 59, Shauny was 3-1 up.
After the 15 minutes break things started to slow down a bit, but the match was still played at a high standard. The Scotsman had two important chances to pull one frame back, two chances that he totally missed, first by cutting his break at just 31 points due to a missed pink and second by losing position at just 13. Murphy however was there to take advantage of his opponent’s mistakes and so he won the fifth frame as well as the very next one for a final result of 5-1.
|End of run for the Master Hendry|
And so the line-up for the final is complete: we shall witness a part Scottish, part English final with the likes of Graeme Dott and Shaun Murphy. Best of luck to both lads and may the best man win!
The final will start from 23:30 (UK time) and you can follow the lads’ evolution on www.sportlemon.tv