Judd Trump reached the final of the Shanghai Masters for the third time by beating Jack Lisowski 6-3 in the semis on Friday.
Trump will meet Ronnie O’Sullivan or John Higgins in Saturday’s final with first to ten frames to take the £150,000 top prize. World number three Trump will be chasing his ninth career ranking title and second of the season having won the European Masters last month.
Bristol’s Trump has lost his previous two finals in Shanghai by a 10-9 scoreline, against Higgins in 2012 and Kyren Wilson in 2015, so the 28-year-old will be hoping to make it third time lucky.
Breaks of 52 and 70 helped Trump go 2-0 up against close friend Lisowski, and at that stage he had won a remarkable 25 consecutive frames in the tournament, having taken the last three of his qualifying match against Joe Swail before winning four consecutive matches in Shanghai by a 5-0 scoreline.
Lisowski’s first ranking semi-final came seven years after turning pro
Lisowski, competing in his first ranking semi-final, ended that run with a 79 clearance and then added frame four to make it 2-2 at the interval. Trump regained the lead with a run of 105, his fourth century of the tournament, then Lisowski’s 55 made it 3-3.
Trump dominated frame seven then made a 72 to lead 5-3. Frame nine came down to the colours and could have gone either way, but Trump won it on a respotted black to book his 17th ranking final.
“I had a chance to go 3-0 up but when Jack won the third frame it changed the momentum,” said Trump, who has won three ranking titles in China. “At 3-3 he was looking the better player so I had to dig in, and in the end I just made a few less mistakes than he did.
“I’m glad to see Jack doing well and hopefully he can kick on from this. It’s only a matter of time before he wins a tournament and gets into the top 16.
“I’ll enjoy the challenge against either Ronnie or John, I usually play well against both of them. They are probably the only two players now that I can still learn something from. It will be an enjoyable final for me and Shanghai has always been one of my favourite places to play.”