Judd Trump and John Higgins will collide in the Semi-Finals of the 2019 World Open following commanding Quarter-Finals wins in Yushan on Friday, while Kyren Wilson and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh also won through.
World number one Trump remained on course for a fifth televised title of 2019 by powering past a resurgent Michael Holt 5-1.
Trump had come through last-frame deciders in two of his previous three matches in Yushan but enjoyed a much more comfortable passage into the Last Four by ending Holt’s impressive run.
The reigning World Champion produced back-to-back breaks of 93 and 90 in frames two and three en route to a commanding victory, with Holt’s only frame coming courtesy of a 74 break in the fifth.
“I’m only at about 50% or 60% compared to the way I played at the World Championship,” Trump told World Snooker.
“The confidence isn’t quite there, I’m missing a few easy balls. With every game it is coming, it’s still early in the season so I’m trying to gain momentum.”
Higgins confirmed a repeat of this year’s World Championship final by defeating ton machine Stuart Bingham 5-2 in a high quality contest.
Bingham had made four centuries and a 97 in his Last 16 win over Mark Selby, but a further brace of tons were not enough to guide him to victory over a vintage Higgins.
The Scotsman opened up a 3-0 lead with breaks of 66 and 80 before Bingham got off the mark in style with a break of 110.
Higgins made it 4-1 thanks to a 57 break, and after Bingham hit back with a sensational 138 clearance, the four-time World Champion added a break of 70 to move into his first ranking Semi-Final of the season.
“I got in early in several frames and made some good breaks,” said Higgins, who is playing with a new cue this week.
“Judd is beginning to bring the same electricity that Ronnie O’Sullivan does to the table, whenever you play him. We’ve had great matches in the past.
“The new cue has given me a lot of confidence this week and more power in my game, which you need against Judd otherwise he can blast you off the table. I’m looking forward to it.”
Thailand’s Un-Nooh booked his place in a fourth career ranking Semi-Final with a dramatic deciding frame win over 2018 finalist David Gilbert.
Gilbert had opened up a 4-2 lead with breaks of 100, 55 and 62, but only for Shoot-Out champion Un-Nooh to reel off the next three without reply to clinch victory, compiling quick-fire breaks of 77, 66 and 96.
He will now face Kyren Wilson in Saturday’s Semi-Finals after the three-time ranking event winner saw off home hopeful Zhou Yuelong 5-3.
Zhou, the last remaining Chinese cueist in the competition, began brightly with a break of 65 to clinch the opening frame, but Wilson took control with breaks of 119 and 64 in leading 3-1.
Zhou rallied by taking two of the next three frames, but Wilson closed out the win with a break of 52 in frame eight.
Yushan World Open 2019 Results
Friday November 1
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-4 David Gilbert
Kyren Wilson 5-3 Zhou Yuelong
Judd Trump 5-1 Michael Holt
Stuart Bingham 2-5 John Higgins