But he faces a tough task in the final with Liang Wenbo winning a brilliant semi-final 6-5 against 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham, who led 4-2 but could not finish off his Chinese opponent as both players traded heavy scoring blows in a match of the highest quality
Liang - who lost the final of last year's UK Championship to Neil Robertson - produced breaks of 58, 63, 74, 134, 138, 53 and 61 to deny Bingham, who lost despite making knocks of 50, 66, 95, 89 and 116.

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Fresh from lifting the European Masters title in Bucharest with a 9-8 win over Ronnie O'Sullivan a week ago, Trump again showed why he is snooker's form horse with a comfortable victory over former World Championship finalist Hawkins in his bid for a second title on successive Sundays.

Bingham and Liang produce snooker magic

Trump - who has beaten Hawkins, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Martin Gould, Jamie Bodie and Ken Doherty in reaching the final - watched Hawkins win the first frame with a 64, but he moved 3-1 clear with an 88 and a 53 before his fellow Englishman pieced together 114 in reducing his arrears to a single frame at 3-2 behind.

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But Trump was dominant from that stage onwards as a 59 helped nudge him 4-2 ahead before picking up the final two frames for a merited win.
The final is live on Eurosport with exclusive coverage beginning at 1:45pm (BST) on Sunday.

Liang seals place in English Open final

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Liang Wenbo claims first major title with thrilling victory over Judd Trump
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