Judd Trump and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh came forth from the fierce semi-final tussles to reserve their spots in the showdown for glory on Saturday.
A couple of 6-5 victories were needed as both Trump and Un-Nooh came through tough challenges that somewhat didn’t live up to their billings in terms of quality. High breaks were at a premium in both semi-final fixtures, but Trump and Un-Nooh managed to do just about enough to last the distance. Un-Nooh, in particular, did amazingly well in defeating Kyren Wilson from 5-3. His confidence has been increasing incredibly in the last week following his wins in the invitational Haining Open in China.
The 34-year-old already has a top event title to his name, when he smashed the Snooker Shoot-Out earlier in 2019, but on reaching his first final in the event that brags a more extended format will surely count as a more exceptional achievement.
Un-Nooh won’t be satisfied with only that, of course, but his bid to add more silverware to his cabinet couldn’t be made much more difficult as he is forced to take on the world’s number one.
Trump was really on the edge against John Higgins in a recap of the World Championship final back in May.
However, he has emerged victorious three times this week which means that the 30-year-old has built up reserves of tenacity in abundance. Judd Trump is aiming for a second ranking crown this season after also experiencing success in the International Championship in the summer.
Trump is obviously the favourite but Un-Nooh, a little like his esteemed opponent, does have the ability to rattle off several frames in quick succession through devastating break building.
Despite their arduous last encounters in reaching the World Open final, this affair has the makings of the being an entertaining and open battle.**
Written by: Collins Nwokolo