• December 10, 2023

World Snooker Championship: Mark Selby, Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham advance to semi-finals

Conference location: Crucible Theater, Sheffield Events: April 17th – May 3rd
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Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson marched with outstanding victories over Mark Williams and Neil Robertson in the semifinals of the world championship.

Selby beat three-time champions Williams 13-3 to win with a free session.

And Wilson staggered five frames in a row to score a 13-8 win over 2010 winner Robertson.

Meanwhile, Stuart Bingham faced the last four dramatically against Anthony McGill.

Bingham will next play against Selby, while Wilson will play against Judd Trump or Shaun Murphy.

Scot McGill had looked the most likely winner as he scored a brilliant 106 to extend his lead to 10-7 overnight.

However, Master Bingham came through in 2015 Qualification, responded superbly with breaks of 85, 90 and 91 as he won five consecutive frames.

In a seesaw encounter, McGill won two frames in a row to finish the match between 12 and 12 before Bingham sensationally took the win with a break of 125.

In the remaining quarter-finals, Murphy took breaks of 85, 104 and 124 to take a 10-6 lead on world number 1 Trump ahead of Wednesday night’s closing session.

After trading frames in the first part of the game, Murphy produced his only title 16 years ago, producing a dazzling snooker for an unusually tentative Trump to be clear.

Selby shifts into another gear

Selby led 6-2 overnight and looked back on his best taking breaks of 96, 58 and 66 en route to winning the first four frames of the day.

Williams, who last won the world title in 2018, bounced back briefly with a 79 before Selby completed his win.

“He totally outperformed me,” said Williams. “I thought he was brilliant from start to finish. His potting was better and his safety was better, which isn’t that easy.

“If Judd Trump, Kyren Wilson and the rest of them are all playing well and Selby is playing well, he’s in a different class from most of them.

“If he continues to play like this, he will be better than anyone in the game and I think he will win it.”

Meanwhile, Wilson reached his third Crucible semifinals after sending one of the pre-tournament favorites in Robertson, Australia.

Wilson, who beat Judd Trump on the same stage last year, opened the match with an excellent break of 133 before taking an 11-8 lead.

Last year’s beaten finalist also won a poor 20th frame, leaving Robertson to win all five remaining frames, and a composed break of 84 confirmed Wilson a sweeping win.

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