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WPBSA Shanghai Masters: Chinese Ding wins last four frames to prevail 6-3

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09-25-2016 12:55 BJT

To start on the felt in Shanghai, and semi-final action from snooker's Masters. Ding Jinhui, a winner here three years ago was chasing his 12th ranking tournament title, but the Chinese potter would need to overcome an in-form Maguire to reach the final.

Ding knocked out Mark Allen and Michael Holt on the way to the last four, while Maguire gave away only four frames before the semi-final round.

Ding Junhui of China plays a shot during a semifinal match against Stephen Maquire of Scotland at the 2016 Shanghai Masters world snooker tournament in Shanghai, China, Sept. 24, 2016. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

Ding Junhui of China plays a shot during a semifinal match against Stephen Maquire of Scotland at the 2016 Shanghai Masters world snooker tournament in Shanghai, China, Sept. 24, 2016. (Xinhua/Ding Ting)

The match is tied after four frames, Ding is leading in the fifth, but misses a red into the corner. Maguire dosen't let the chance slip away and clears with a 58 to go ahead 3-2.

But Ding regains his competitive edge and takes over from there.

Runs of 58 and 47 puts the Chinese in the driver's seat as he leads 4-3 after seven frames.

The eighth sees Maguire take control in early stage, but the Glasgow veteran has the cue ball fall into the pocket.

Ding seizes the opportunity with a break of 46. And the former world number one needs only one frame to advance.

Maguire seems to be in control in the ninth but misses the blue into the corner.

at proves costly as Ding is able to take advantage. The home favorite getting this long red to fall, and that helps secure a 6-3 victory. The Chinese looking for back-to-back titles after winning in Thailand earlier this month.

World No.1 faces Ding in rematch of World Championships

Ding getting the winner between Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham in the final. Bingham leads 5-3 and looks set to go through.

But Selby shows his toughness and makes no mistakes the rest of the way. The Bristol native makes several brilliant shots to take the last three frames, and grab a  6-5 victory. The world number one will now meeting Ding for the title, a rematch of the past World Championship final which Selby won.

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