Gary Wilson and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh go head to head in the first Scottish Open semi-final at Meadowbank Sport Centre in Edinburgh on Saturday.
The players ranked 32nd and 57th in the world respectively collide for the right to face either Neil Robertson or Joe O’Connor in Sunday’s showpiece.
Though surprise semi-finalists, both men have certainly earned the right to make it this far. Between them, they have already taken out Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson this week, while also prevailing from a combined four deciding frames.
Un-Nooh has gone right down to the wire in his two most recent showdowns with Trump and Jamie Jones, holding his nerve to advance on the final black and pink respectively.
The former Shootout champion arrived in Edinburgh having failed to progress beyond the last 64 of any event, though his wait was ended when he received a bye to the last 32 courtesy of Chang Bingyu’s withdrawal.
And he certainly capitalised, enjoying a surprisingly commanding 4-1 win over the season’s form player in Allen, who has already captured the Northern Ireland Open and UK Championship this term.
The reward for his upturn in fortunes is a first ranking semi-final since the 2019 World Open, while it is also his maiden appearance at this stage of a Home Nations event.
Un-Nooh has won all three of his professional meetings with two-time ranking finalist Wilson, who will hope it will be third time lucky this week.
The Tyneside Terror, who had not advanced past the last 32 at any tournament in 2022-23, opened with a 4-2 win over former World champion Ken Doherty, before prevailing in deciders to deny O’Sullivan and Hossein Vafaei.
He then recovered from 3-1 down to overcame namesake Kyren Wilson 5-3 to secure his sixth ranking semi-final appearance – and second in the Home Nations after also reaching this stage at the 2018 Welsh Open.
Play gets underway at 1pm GMT on Saturday with the match contested over the best of 11 frames at the Meadowbank Sport Centre in Edinburgh.
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