On what could potentially be a fascinating days action,first up this afternoon we have Ding Junhui v Ryan Day. Ding of course this season has been in the form of his life and already has three ranking titles to his mane,but Day after a few seasons where he seemed to lose his way,has been showing some decent of late himself & has two high profile wins over Ding in the World & UK Championships to inspire him if need be.
That said though,the Ding that fell away so spectacularly in those matches doesn't seem to be around any more and seems to have been replace by a man who can now produce his best under all types of pressure and I expect him to win this one comfortably.
The other semi final will see as much a contrast in style as we are ever likely to see with Judd Trump v Rod Lawler. Trump has reached this stage with an impressive record of only dropping three frames here all week and has made recent talk of a career crisis look a bit premature,albeit he still may be just short of his best form.By contrast Lawler in his own unique style has had a week of tight matches,reaching this stage on the back of three consecutive final frame deciders,the most recent a 5-4 Q/F win onver mark Davis.
The key to this one then may well be how Trump handles the more methodical approach of Lawler,If he copes with as well as I expect him to,this one could be another one sided encounter.
The semi final action gets under way on Eurosport from 12pm, GMT