Anthony McGill v Mark King: Indian Open Semi-Final 2017 preview – Scotsman closing in on successful title defence

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Reigning champion McGill is appearing in back-to-back semi-finals in India (credit: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Anthony McGill resumes his impressive Indian Open title defence with a tricky clash against Mark King in the semi-finals in Vishakhapatnam on Saturday.

Reigning champion McGill is just two victories away from successfully defending the crown he won 14 months ago, and has certainly produced the type of form needed to do so.

The world number 18 has dropped just three frames in his five matches so far on the way to making it 12 consecutive wins in the event.

Having already seen off Aditya Mehta, Ashley Hugill and Rory McLeod, McGill continued his momentum on Friday with a commanding 4-1 success over Hossein Vafaei, before outscoring Zhang Anda by 326 points to 39 during a comprehensive 4-0 whitewash.

The omens are certainly positive for the 26-year-old, who has gone on to lift the trophy on both of the previous occasions that he has reached the semi-finals of a ranking event – doing so here in 2016 before repeating the feat at the Shoot-Out in February.

However, the Glaswegian has lost three of his four previous meetings with King, who is appearing in the Last Four for the 10th time in his career.

King is eyeing a fourth ranking final on Saturday (Photo by Michael Ellison)

The Romford cueist is seeking a second ranking title after breaking his duck at last season’s Northern Ireland Open, and shall be feeling confident ahead of facing McGill.

After receiving a walkover in the first round, King followed that up with a comfortable 4-1 win over former World champion Graeme Dott, before claiming a dramatic 4-3 victory on the final black against an ex-Crucible king in Stuart Bingham.

His experience was then evident in his 4-2 triumph in the quarter-finals against Elliot Slessor, who was appearing at that stage of a ranking event for the first time.

Despite being pegged back to 3-2 and facing the prospect of being taken into another deciding frame, the 43-year-old produced a timely break of 110 to seal the deal.

Either four-time World champion John Higgins or surprise package Xu Si will await the winner in the final later on Saturday.

The match breaks off at 6.30am BST and will be contested over the best of seven frames in Vishakhapatnam.