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Judd Trump and John Higgins complete World Championship Semi-Final line-up

Higgins reaches his tenth Crucible Semi-Final (credit:Richard Sellers/PA Images)

Judd Trump and John Higgins remain on a collision course to meet in the World Championship final after overcoming Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson respectively to reach the Last Four at The Crucible.

Trump, who lost to Higgins in the 2011 world final, moved through to the Semi-Finals in Sheffield for the fourth time after a comprehensive 13-6 victory over Maguire.

Trump had carved out an 11-5 lead following the afternoon's second session, and though Maguire began the evening brightly with a break of 122, the Masters Champion followed in with breaks of 68 and 82 to complete the rout.

He will now face qualifier Gary Wilson in the Semi-Finals, and admitted: "I kind of carried on from where I left off against Ding.

"It was nice to have that lead and cruise over the line in the end.

"You always know Stephen is dangerous so I was wanting to win every single frame to put it to bed as early as possible.

"To be able to relax and enjoy the one-table again is amazing."

Maguire failed to recover from a one-sided first session and admitted: "You can't afford to lose 7-1 in any session, so I wasn't expecting much after that.

"It's a tall mountain to climb and I wasn't playing good enough to come back anyway so he deserved to win, he played far better than me.

"I rode my luck a bit to get to the Quarters but I just wasn't good enough there to push on."

Four-time World Champion Higgins booked his place in a tenth Crucible Semi-Final after a 13-10 win over 2010 Champion Robertson.

The pair began the day locked level at four-all before Higgins took five of the next eight frames with a high break of 130 to enter the final session leading 9-7. 

A break of 81 saw the Scot extend his lead, before Robertson replied with successive breaks of 50 and 114 to trail 10-9.

The next two frames were shared before Higgins edged frame 22 to leave the Australian at the point of no return, and the 43-year-old closed out victory in style with a magnificent break of 101.

He will now take on world number 16 David Gilbert in the Semi-Finals, but was highly critical of the table conditions, commenting: "The conditions probably helped me because it brought Neil down a little. 

"It became a war of attrition and luckily for me I came out the winner. 

"It was just pathetic really, it was pinging everywhere, you're not confident hitting anything then your cue action goes but it was great to hold myself together in the end.

"I'm proud to beat Neil because he's one of the men of the year and he's a fabulous player.

"I was just trying to get him down into the trenches because he could have rolled away from me at times in that match."

Robertson saw his bid to reach a fifth consecutive ranking final ended, and the China Open champion revealed his frustration at the tough match conditions.

"The table conditions were unplayable at times," said Robertson. "John and I spent half the time laughing at each other about how bad it was playing. 

"It made it really tough and I probably had 30 per cent of my game taken away from me by the playing conditions."


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Judd Trump and John Higgins complete World Championship Semi-Final line-up

Judd Trump and John Higgins remain on a collision course to meet in the World Championship final after overcoming Stephen Maguire and Neil Robertson respectively to reach the Last Four at The Crucible.

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