All is now set for the 2019 Six Red World Championship Semi-final with Four players left to battle it out Friday in Bangkok.
A pair of former champions together with a couple of likely contenders will have to slug it out, to book a place in Saturday’s Final.
The opening reunites a familiar duo who have encountered each other on numerous occasions in the past- John Higgins and Mark Williams. The duo has seven World titles between them in the more traditional 15-reds game.
Back in Thailand two years ago, Williams triggered in the Six Reds before going on an incredible run of form for a year that results in four ranking victories and culminated in a third crowning at the Crucible.
The Welshman who was in good form smashed Joe Perry 6-1 in the last 16 before defeating Stuart Bingham 6-3.
Higgins, on the other hand, had a difficult day with a brace of 6-4 Victories needed to see off the myriads of challenges of Wu Yize and David Gilbert, respectively.
The second semi-final fixture sees 2014 champion Stephen Maguire play Gary Wilson.
Riga Masters Champion Yan Bingtao was denied progress by Gary Wilson in a 6-5 defeat on day four. He also managed to survive snooker required position while been beaten 5-4 by Ding Junhui in a dramatic quarter-final climax.
Maguire also had a tense match of his own, fighting back from 5-3 down to pip Jimmy White on the final black in the last frame. Following that victory, the Maguire comfortably defeated Ali Carter 6-2 in the last eight.
The former English champion and Wilson, who surprised many by reaching the World Championship semi-finals at the Crucible in May, have met on only four occasions in their entire careers.
The Six Red World Championship rounds up on Saturday with a hefty 100,000 pounds up for grabs for whoever emerges the champion in the closely contested event.
It will also potentially provide an opportunity for either Williams or Wilson to have an invitation into the lucrative Champion of Champions coming up later this year – should either of them manage to clinch the top prize.
Written by: Aruorihwo Imisa