After todays action we now know the identity of the four players who will battle it out over this weekend to claim the seasons first ranking title and if ever one needed proof of the old adage that wining breeds confidence all you have to do is look at the players involved.
The first semi final tomorrow will see Stuart Bingham take on Mark Davis.Bingham has been the form player in the early stages of this season having already collect the PPink Ribbon pro/am as well as the first Asian PTC last week won his third final frame decided in a row beating the world no,1 Mark Selby 5-4.It had appeared he may have lost his chance when Selby showing all his battling qualities fought back from 4-2 to 4-4 but Bingham kept his nerve to win with a classy break of. 86
The other afternoon match was far more one sided as Mark Davis breezed by Graeme Dott to reach his first ranking semi final in his 21 year professional.career.This is ample reward for Davis who has been ultra consistent of late.
Amazingly the second semi final will also see a player closing in on 40 playing in his first semi final.as Marcus Campbell takes on 2008 Shanghai Masters winner Ricky Walden.Campbell reached this stage with a 5-3 victory over a badly out of touch Mark Williams and Walden was also a 5-3 winner over Robert Milkins.
So there we have it,.a semi final line up few would have expected but one which no doubt will throw up a worthy winner.Its to early in the season to tell if this trend will be repeated throughout the year but one thing for certain ,with players constantly playing tournaments every other week anyone who lifts a trophy this season will have truly earned it.