2015 Welsh Open (the semis) - Higgins survives Belgian test

19:02:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Higgins passed the test
John Higgins is the first player to book his place in tomorrow's final of this year's Welsh Open tournament, as he beat a very dangerous opponent, Belgian player Luca Brecel by 6-4.

The Scotsman began his journey with two century breaks (101 and 137) to grab the first two frames of the semi-final, while his opponent was yet to pot a ball. It looked like a one-sided match at that moment, but we were to be proved wrong in just a few minutes time.

Frame three started with Luca amongst the balls, but he missed a black down on 48 this giving Higgins the chance to capitalise. However, he didn't make the most of the given chance, a tricky red making him stop his break at 52.

Brecel came to the table and with just a 23 break was winning his first frame of the match, to which he added a perfect 62 to draw level at two apiece, just as the interval was kicking off.

After the mini break the players return into the arena, Belgium's prodigy being the first one in and getting another frame under his belt. He was now in the leading chair for the first time since the beginning of the match, 3-2.

Luca Brecel - a player with a huge potential
Needless to say how important was the next frame, as the Scotsman lost no less than three consecutive frames by a blink of an eye.

A lot of pressure was involved, but in the end Higgins managed to restore the balance of the match with a top break of 43, but also to turn-tables against his opponent with a 72 break, for a 4-3 scoreline.

The scoreboard didn't stay like that for long though, as Luca used a strategically 44 break to level the match at 4-4 and keep the pressure on his opponent.

Still, Higgins is an old fox and the years of experience were soon to pay off, as he fired a 135 break and a half a century (50) to book his place in tomorrow's final.

Now, all we need to know is the name of his opponent. Will it be Mark Williams or will it be Ben Woollaston? Tune in on EuroSport to find out, today from 7pm (UK time).