Welsh Open 2012 (Day 6) - Ding outclasses Murphy for final spot

18:25:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Ding is in the final
Ding Junhui beat Shaun Murphy 6-2 in order to book himself a place in tomorrow's Welsh Open final. 

The Chinese player awaits for the winner of this evening second semi-final given between Mark Selby and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Ding Junhui had a very solid performance against the 2005 world champion, Shaun Murphy taking full advantage of each mistake his opponent made and killing off frames from just one visit, most of the match.

China's most famous snooker player started his run with just a tiny break of 43 that was bringing him the first frame, while Murphy replayed with an unbeatable 126 to draw level.
But as the interval was kicking off, Ding was 3-1 up after firing in breaks of 91 and 71.

15 minutes later the lads restarted their snooker encounter with Murphy pulling back one with a great 90 break and Ding restoring the two-frames-advantage with an 86.

Not much magic going on there for Murphy
But the little Chinese who won the 2010 Masters tournament didn't stop here and collected no less than 75 consecutive points off the table to fly just one step away from victory at 5-2.

Murphy had three huge opportunities to postpone as much as possible the result during the 8th frame, but sadly it just wasn't his day, Ding using runs of 15 and 35 to write his name on this year's Welsh Open finalists' list.

From 7pm (UK time), the second semi-final is beginning, world number one Mark Selby, taking one the three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan.