Judd Trump sets up Barry Hawkins showdown, Stuart Bingham to face Liang Wenbo
In-form Judd Trump overcame John Higgins 5-1 to progress to the semi-final stage of the English Open, where he will face Barry Hawkins.
Trump, who whitewashed Mark Williams on Thursday, opened with a break of 120 but was pegged back by four-time world champion Higgins.
However, while Higgins struggled for fluency, Trump continued the fine form that saw him claim the European Masters last week and his run of 96 in frame three was comprised of 12 reds and 12 blacks before a stray shot cost him his opportunity of his first televised 147.
Hawkins reached the semi-final stage after beating Ricky Walden 5-2.
The pair were evenly matched with the scores at 2-2, but Hawkins raced to victory after taking the next three frames in the best-of-nine quarter final.
Breaks of 91 in the fifth frame and 69 in the seventh was enough to secure Hawkins a spot in the semi-finals.
In the evening session, Stuart Bingham cruised to a 5-0 whitewash of Chris Wakelin.
Runs of 54 and 61 saw the 2015 world champion into a two-frame advantage and with Wakelin unable to put any scoreboard pressure on Bingham, the 40-year-old claimed frames three and four before finishing with a flourish.
The world number two constructed a sublime 116, with a trick shot to finish to progress to the next round.
Bingham will face Liang Wenbo at the semi-final stage after he ground out a 5-2 win over Anthony Hamilton.
Liang claimed a tactical first frame but Hamilton’s 97 in frame two – the highlight of a low-scoring quarter-final – drew the Englishman level.
Hamilton managed to win frame five after Liang had opened up a two-frame advantage by taking frames three and four but Liang hit right back.
And having taken a hard-fought sixth frame 64-43, Liang Wenbo claimed the seventh with a run of 58 to seal his progression.