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Stuart Bingham confident of defying fatigue at the Champion of Champions

Stuart Bingham enjoyed an impressive 4-2 win over defending champion Neil Robertson (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Stuart Bingham admits he was "over the moon" after eliminating defending champion Neil Robertson 4-2 in the Group One Semi-Finals of the Champion of Champions despite battling the effects of jet lag following a lengthy recent stint in China.

Little over 24 hours after returning from Guangzhou following his run to the final of the China Championship and Semi-Finals of the preceding International Championship in Daqing, the world number two ended Robertson's reign as champion in Coventry.

Bingham made breaks of 94, 61, 132 and 69 on the way to a first victory at the Ricoh Arena for three years, following a surprise defeat at the hands of Chinese teenager Zhou Yuelong 12 months ago.

Bingham, who arrives at the popular invitational event after consistent start to the season, was delighted to have progressed to Tuesday night's Group Final.

"I was either good or bad, there was no in between. I'm over the moon, I played pretty well and am glad to get through to tonight," he said.

"Neil's a great player and he can turn it on whenever. When I got my chances, I took them, I also made a good 100 and am just happy with the way I'm playing at the moment.

"From the last five tournaments I've played in, I've got to three semis and two finals. Hopefully, I can keep it going and let's see what happens."

Ding Junhui or Ali Carter stand in the way of a place in Friday's Semi-Finals for Bingham, whose disrupted sleeping pattern meant he woke up at 4am prior to the match.

The man nicknamed 'Ballrun' remains fairly relaxed about the identity of his opponent, but aiming to emulate his display against Robertson.

"I don't really care who I play. If I can keep my eyes open for long enough, hopefully I can put on a similar performance," he added.

"It's going to be tough - whoever I play, it's going to be a hard-fought battle."




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Stuart Bingham confident of defying fatigue at the Champion of Champions

Stuart Bingham admits he was "over the moon" after eliminating defending champion Neil Robertson 4-2 in the Group One Semi-Finals of the Champion of Champions despite battling the effects of jet lag following a lengthy recent stint in China.

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