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Ding Junhui vs Marco Fu: Players Championship 2017 Semi-Final Preview - Asian aces eye Llandudno final

Ding Junhui is aiming for a third ranking final of the season (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Ding Junhui and Marco Fu go head to head in an eagerly anticipated all-Asian battle for the right to play Judd Trump in Sunday's final at the Players Championship at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

The two highest ranked players from the Far East face off over the best of 11 frames on Saturday, with both now just two victories away from a second ranking title of the season.

Shanghai Masters champion Ding, who won this tournament in 2013, is aiming for his third appearance in a ranking event final during this campaign, as well as becoming the first multiple winner of this event.

After his stunning turnaround against John Higgins in the opening round, the world number five enjoyed a more comfortable victory over Anthony Hamilton in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Ding demonstrated his supreme break-building skills with breaks of 96 and 93 opening up a 3-0 lead and, despite Hamilton pegging him back to 3-2 with runs of 68 and 80, further contributions of 59 and 73 saw him over the line.

Marco Fu is appearing in his fifth semi-final since the start of December (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)
He has won eight of his 13 previous meetings with Fu, although the man from Hong Kong did come out on top in their most recent encounter - prevailing a 6-3 winner at the inaugural China Championship in November.

Following a slow start to the season, Fu has enjoyed a dramatic upturn in fortune and is now appearing in his fifth semi-final in just over three months.

After a commanding 5-1 win over Anthony McGill in the first round, he stunned world number one Mark Selby 5-2 in the Last Eight - making breaks of 85 and 68 during a very scrappy contest.

Also, Fu generally got the better of the World champion in the safety department, and will need to be equally as stubborn against a free-scoring Ding on Saturday.

The mouth-watering second semi-final gets underway at 7pm GMT at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, with the best of 11 frames determining who will join Judd Trump in Sunday's Players Championship showpiece.



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Ding Junhui vs Marco Fu: Players Championship 2017 Semi-Final Preview - Asian aces eye Llandudno final

Ding Junhui and Marco Fu go head to head in an eagerly anticipated all-Asian battle for the right to play Judd Trump in Sunday's final at the Players Championship at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

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