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Kyren Wilson v Shaun Murphy live stream: World Snooker Championship Semi-Final 2021 preview

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Selby storms clear of Williams as McGill leads Bingham in World Championship Quarter-Finals

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Shaun Murphy holds off Judd Trump fightback to reach World Championship Semi-Finals

Murphy beat Lines on the final black in Antalya (Photo by Zac Goodwin/PA Wire/PA Images)

Kyren Wilson aims to book his place in a second successive World Championship final at the expense of former champion Shaun Murphy.

Wilson has continued his superb spell of consistency at The Crucible by progressing to a third Semi-Final in his last four appearances.

The Kettering ace, who fell short to Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s final, will be determined to go one better and become the latest new winner of the sport’s most prestigious trophy.

His unflappable temperament and polished all-round game are perfectly matched to the requirements of this marathon competition, and he has already seen off three tough opponents along the way.

The four-time ranking event winner overcame 2019 semi-finalist Gary Wilson 10-8 in the opening round before battling his way past 2013 finalist Barry Hawkins 13-10.

Wilson then timed his run to perfection against Neil Robertson in the Quarter-Finals, reeling off five consecutive frames in the third session to close out a 13-8 triumph.

Murphy, meanwhile, finds himself at this stage of proceedings for the first time in six years and is bidding to set a new record the longest amount of time between World Championship titles.

Murphy claimed the sport’s ultimate prize as a fresh-faced qualifier back in 2005 and has featured in a further two finals, losing out to John Higgins in 2009 and Stuart Bingham in 2015.

The Triple Crown winner last tasted success in a ranking event at the 2020 Welsh Open and has banished a below-par season by recapturing his prolific top form on the sport’s greatest stage.

Like Wilson, Murphy has made six centuries on his way to the Semi-Finals and has been particularly impressive in the long potting department as well as safety.

The number seven seed dispatched veteran Mark Davis 10-7 in Round One before brushing aside Masters Champion Yan Bingtao 13-7.

He then held off a gallant late fightback from world number one Judd Trump in the Quarter-Finals to close out a thrilling 13-11 victory – undoubtedly his biggest win of the season so far.

Murphy and Wilson have met on seven previous occasions and ‘The Magician’ has edged the head-to-heads 4-3, with their most notable encounter resulting in Murphy’s 9-1 demolition of ‘The Warrior’ in last year’s Welsh Open final.

Their latest show-down gets underway from 7pm BST on Thursday April 29 for a total of eight frames, resuming at 2.30pm on Friday and 10am on Saturday, before being played to a finish over the best of 33 from 7pm that evening.

Either three-time World Champion Mark Selby or 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham will await the winner in the final.

The match will be available to watch live on desktop, mobile or tablet devices in the UK and various other regions worldwide.

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