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Live Snooker on Friday: Champion of Champions 2016 Semi-Finals preview and order of play

Ronnie O'Sullivan (L) takes on Mark Allen (R) in the Semi-Finals (credit:)

Ronnie O'Sullivan continues his quest for a third Champion of Champions title against Mark Allen on Friday, while Ding Junhui locks horns with John Higgins as the Semi-Finals take centre stage at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The Rocket, who won each of the first two editions of the popular invitational event in 2013 and 2014, has won 10 matches out of 10 here and will be eager to maintain his 100% record.



O'Sullivan survived a scare against Robin Hull in the Group 3 Semi-Final on Monday, as he was pegged back to 2-2 from 2-0 up by the Shoot Out winner.

However, he recovered to win the final two frames and set up a showdown with German Masters champion Martin Gould, who was comfortably swept aside 6-2 in the evening.

Standing in the Rocket's way is 2015 finalist Mark Allen, who he recently beat in the Last 16 en route to reaching the Final of the European Masters.

The Pistol's mission to go the extra step started with impressive victories over Joe Perry and Mark Selby in Group 2 on Wednesday - holding his nerve to produce a brilliant break of 62 in the decider against the World Champion, after being taken to an 11th and final frame from 5-3 up.

Ding Junhui (R) locks horns with John Higgins (L) (Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, the other Semi-Final clash also promises to be a mouth-watering encounter between Ding and Higgins.

The Chinese Sensation, who missed the tournament 12 months ago, has marked his return by reaching the Last Four for the second time.

After beating Ali Carter 4-2, the Shanghai Masters and Six Red World Champion produced a wonderful fightback from 3-1 down to see off world number two Stuart Bingham 6-4 in the Group One Final.

He will be confident of advancing to the Final, having won each of his last five meetings with Higgins, including their most recent showdown in the Last Eight of the International Championship.

Although, the four-time World Champion looks back to his brilliant best, after winning Group Four following victory at the China Championship last weekend.

Higgins claimed a 4-2 success over Shaun Murphy - notably winning frame three from 77-0 down - before closing out an impressive 6-4 win against Judd Trump with a stunning total clearance of 143 - the highest break of the tournament so far.

Play at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry gets underway at 1pm GMT on Friday with the first Semi-Final, before the second commences at 7pm.

Both matches will be played over the best of 11 frames, with the winners advancing to the Final of the 2016 Champion of Champions.

Dafabet Champion of Champions 2016 Schedule

Friday November 11

Semi-Finals

1pm
Ding Junhui v John Higgins

7pm
Mark Allen v Ronnie O'Sullivan



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Live Snooker on Friday: Champion of Champions 2016 Semi-Finals preview and order of play

Ronnie O'Sullivan continues his quest for a third Champion of Champions title against Mark Allen on Friday, while Ding Junhui locks horns with John Higgins as the Semi-Finals take centre stage at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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