Home favourite Thepchaiya Un-Nooh continues his quest for a second Six Red World Championship crown when he goes up against Anthony McGill in the semi-finals in Bangkok on Friday.
After 32 players arrived in the Thai capital at the start of the week, just four remain and the two semi-finalists will have their eyes firmly set on lifting the prize in Saturday’s showpiece.
Local hero Un-Nooh is aiming to delight his home crowd once again by becoming only the second player to capture multiple Six-Red titles after Mark Davis.
The world number 39 did well to finish top of a tricky Group C that involved the likes of Kyren Wilson and Ricky Walden, before prevailing in a deciding frame for a narrow 6-5 victory over Stuart Bingham in the Last 16.
Un-Nooh then got the better of Liang Wenbo once again in the quarter-finals – advancing a 6-4 winner in what was a repeat of the 2015 final – and shall certainly be feeling confident as a result.
However, he has only won once in four previous meetings with McGill, who came out on top in their most recent clash at the Riga Masters in June, although his sole victory did come in an Asia-based event at the 2016 World Open.
McGill arrives in the semi-finals for the first time protecting a 100% record so far, having won each of his five matches in Bangkok.
After topping Group B with maximum points, like Un-Nooh, the two-time ranking event winner also needed a deciding frame to scrape past Mark King 6-5 in the Last 16.
The Scotsman followed that up with a 6-4 success over David Gilbert to progress to the semi-finals in only his second appearance at this event.
Either world number six Marco Fu or two-time Crucible king Mark Williams awaits the winner of this match in the final of the 2017 Six Red World Championship.
Play gets underway at 12.30pm BST on Friday and will be contested over the best of 13 frames in Bangkok.