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Ding Junhui overcomes Stuart Bingham to reach last four

Ding overcomes Bingham to reach last four
By Eurosport

07/11/2016 at 23:01Updated 08/11/2016 at 23:01

Ding Junhui booked his place in the Champion of Champions semi-finals with a 6-4 win over Stuart Bingham at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Ding trailed 3-1 early on, but won five of the next six frames to progress to the last four on Friday.

He made breaks of 93, 69, 55 and 125 with Bingham appearing jaded after his run to the final of the International Championship in China on Sunday where he lost 10-7 to John Higgins.

He started with a 53, 94 and 61, but could not maintain his levels.

2015 world champion Bingham had earlier ended Neil Robertson's defence of the trophy at the first hurdle with a 4-2 win in their Group 1 opener.

World number two Bingham has been one of snooker's form players this season so far, and continued his impressive level of consistency with breaks of 94, 61, 132 and 59 enough to secure him a place in the final.

Robertson's 53 in the second frame was enough to restore parity at 1-1, but it turned out to be his rather underwhelming highest break of the match.

It was a far cry from his performance a year ago when he completed a 10-5 win over Northern Irishman Mark Allen in the final.

China's leading player Ding completed a 4-2 success against fellow former World Championship finalist Ali Carter.

Ding enjoyed runs of 77 and 75 as he recovered from trailing 2-1 to complete a 4-2 success.

Neil Robertson completed a 6-0 win over Marco Fu at the Masters.

Neil Robertson completed a 6-0 win over Marco Fu at the Masters.Eurosport

Two-times former champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is already through to the last four after winning Group 3 of the event on Monday night courtesy of a 6-2 win over Martin Gould.

World champion and world number one Mark Selby starts on Wednesday in a group that also includes Liang Wenbo, Allen and Joe Perry.

Group 4 is played out on Thursday, and involves Shaun Murphy, John Higgins, Judd Trump and Anthony McGill.

The winner of the tournament on Saturday night will earn a cheque for £100,000.

Champion of Champions results/schedule

Monday, November 7

Afternoon session

Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-2 Robin Hull

Martin Gould 4-3 Mark Davis

Evening session

Group 3 Final (best of 11 frames)

Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-2 Martin Gould

Tuesday, November 8

Group 1 semi-finals (best of 7 frames)

Afternoon session

Neil Robertson 2-4 Stuart Bingham

Ding Junhui 4-2 Ali Carter

Evening session

Group 1 Final (best of 11 frames)

Stuart Bingham 4-6 Ding Junhui

Wednesday, November 9

Group 2 semi-finals (best of 7 frames)

Afternoon session

Mark Selby v Liang Wenbo

Mark Allen v Joe Perry

Evening session

Group 2 Final (best of 11 frames)

Mark Selby/Liang Wenbo v Mark Allen/Joe Perry

Thursday, November 10

Group 4 Semi-Finals (best of 7 frames)

Afternoon session

Shaun Murphy v John Higgins

Judd Trump v Anthony McGill

Evening session

Group 4 Final (best of 11 frames)

Shaun Murphy/John Higgins v Judd Trump/Anthony McGill

Friday, November 11

Afternoon

Semi-Finals (best of 11 frames)

Winner Group 1 v Winner Group 4

Evening

Semi-Finals (best of 11 frames)

Winner Group 2 v Winner Group 3

Saturday, November 12

Final (best of 19 frames)

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