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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Champion of Champions semi finals preview

If a tournaments future is decided purely on what we see on the table then the future of this Champion of Champions event is certainly assured after a week of high drama and superb snooker at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry that has left us with two fascinating semi final clashes today.

First up we have Mark Selby v Stuart Bingham.

With all that has gone on since it seems an age since Mark Selby became the first player to reach the semi finals last Tuesday,but we shouldn't forget just how well the Leicester man is starting to pay now after,what for him had been a quiet start to the season.He arrived here hot on the heels of a thrilling victory in the Antwerp Open,where he beat Ronnie in the final and looked sharp again here in firstly beating Shaun Murphy 4-2 and then defeating Stephen Maguire 6-3.

Stuart Bingham has of course in recent seasons been enjoying a level of form rarely seen in his career previously and he showed again signs of that form in easily dismissing Ricky Walden 4-0 before then comfortably beating a clearly low on confidence Judd Trump 6-2.

So who is going to win it? Well in this one I just have a feeling that Selby is beginning to find his best form again and that he will be too strong for Bingham here score prediction 6-2

The other semi final is between two of the games real giants as Neil Robertson faces Ronnie O'Sullivan.

This one is a clash of two reprieved men.as both were on the verge of elimination in the previous rounds.Robertson firstly took his time to wake up against Matrin Gould,trailing in this 3-1 before finding some form to win it 4-3 and then later,in as high a quality match as you are likely to see.he edged past Ali Carter 6-5.

Ronnie on the other hand swept through his first game against Mark Davis 4-0.before facing the man of the season so far Ding Junhui.This was another real cracker with Ding showing why he has won so much lately,taking advantage of some mistakes by Ronnie to lead 3-0.Ronnie did start to play a bit better then but still looked bang up against it when he trailed 5-3.Here he showed though just how much he has that will to battle these days and produced two quick fire frames to level at 5-5 and force the decider.

Into the decider then and it was ding who drew first blood with a 50 before Ronnie looked set to produce one of his classic match winning clearances  only to inexplicably miss match ball blue,Both players had a couple of goes at it then,but it was Ronnie who prevailed to get through 6-5.

This is a sei final to call as both players are capable of such a high standard.Roberson has a victory over Ronnie in a recent PTC event,but that will count for little here over the longer distance.I just have a feeling in this one Ronnie might edge but it will be close.We could even be looking at another 6-5.

So there we have it,a super semi final line for what has been a superb week of snooker action

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