Mark Selby and Stuart Bingham both secured wins on day five, to book a semi-final clash tomorrow at the Shanghai Masters.
The last four meeting will see world number one and 2016 World Champion Selby pitted against world number two and 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham.
Bingham faced recent World Open Champion Ali Carter in his quarter-final tie. At 2-1 up, with his opponent struggling for form, Bingham pounced with contributions of 58 and 91 to move 4-1 ahead. The following frame ebbed both ways, however it was Bingham who eventually got himself over the line to secure victory.
“I’m over the moon to be in the semi-finals,” said Bingham. “It’s great to play the world number one and reigning World Champion. It’s always a good occasion.”
Selby’s opponent was world number 24 Ryan Day. The Jester made 52 to take the opener and bagged the second frame, before Day responded with a run of 98 to half the deficit at 2-1.
Selby then won another two frames in a row, in what was proving to be a measured and tight encounter. Day hit back to move within one at 4-3 and had a chance to counter Selby’s contribution of 43 in the eighth frame. He missed, and Selby took the frame to run out a 5-3 winner.
“I struggled before the interval and being 3-1 in front probably wasn’t a fair reflection. I was very happy to be ahead by that scoreline and come through the match,” said Selby. “I hope Stuart and I can put on a good performance tomorrow and may the best man win.”