Four-time winner John Higgins says opponent Mark Selby is the “big favourite” heading into the World Championship final.
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Watch five of the best shots as Mark Selby beats Ding Junhui 17-15 to reaches his third World Championship in four years at the Crucible.
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Watch five of the best shots as John Higgins beats Barry Hawkins 17-8 to set up a World Championship final against Mark Selby at the Crucible.
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• Defending champion edges through at Crucible, 17-15 in semi-final
• John Higgins on course to join him, on brink of beating Hawkins
Mark Selby moved one step away from a third World Championship title in four years as he saw off Ding Junhui again at the Crucible. Twelve months ago it was in the final where Selby denied Ding, and this time a 17-15 victory in their semi-final saw the Leicester man through to a likely title match against John Higgins.
Defending champion Selby potted fewer balls and scored fewer points, but plotted his way to victory all the same. It is hard to imagine a tougher match player, and the ability to win against such a classy competitor as Ding shows why Selby has topped the world rankings for the last two years and is pulling away.
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Defending champion Mark Selby reaches the World Championship final for the third time in four years, where he will play John Higgins.
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Ding Junhui’s fantastic break of 128 in the final frame of the session levels the match at 12-12 in a thrilling World Championship semi-final at the Crucible.
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John Higgins flukes an important green on the way to a 10-6 overnight lead in his World Championship semi-final against Barry Hawkins at the Crucible.
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• Defending champion pegged back as semi-final all-square at 12-12
• Higgins leads Barry Hawkins 10-6 in other semi-final
John Higgins says winning a fifth world title would be his greatest snooker feat as he closes in on another Crucible final.
The Scot went from 5-3 ahead of Barry Hawkins to build a 10-6 overnight lead in their best-of-33-frames semi-final at the World Championship. He has landed world titles in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011 but feared his days as a contender for the biggest prizes in snooker were over.
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Mark Selby and Ding Junhui are all square at 12-12 in their thrilling World Championship semi-final.
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Four-time champion John Higgins builds a 5-3 lead over Barry Hawkins in a nervy start to their World Championship semi-final.
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• 2016 finalist comes back from 3-2 down to seize initiative
• World No1 had only dropped 11 frames en route to last four
The 2016 champion Mark Selby was left with plenty to think about overnight following an enthralling first session of his world championship semi-final with China’s Ding Junhui.
There was little to split the pair in Sheffield on Thursday before Ding, who lost against Selby in the final last year, won the final three frames to secure a 5-3 advantage.
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An “amazing” foul by Mark Selby gifts Ding Jinhui the chance to make a century break and take a 5-3 lead in their World Championship semi-final.
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Ding Junhui leads reigning champion Mark Selby 5-3 after an intriguing start to their World Championship semi-final.
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Barry Hawkins says he must improve in the World Championship semi-finals, or he will get his “bum smacked” by John Higgins.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan says he has no intention of retiring and does not care if he fails to win another World Championship.
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Watch the best five shots as 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins beats Stephen Maguire to reach his fourth World Championship semi-final in five years where he will play John Higgins.
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