Indian Open Snooker: Anthony McGill to take on John Higgins in all-Scottish final
Anthony McGill was thoroughly tested by England’s Mark King as the match went the full distance with the former winning 4-3 to set up the summit clash with another Scotsman, John Higgins, who got the better of China’s Xu Si 4-2 on Day 5 of the Indian Open Snooker.other sports Updated: Sep 16, 2017 19:19 IST
Defending champion from Scotland Anthony McGill continued his superb run defeating Mark King of England in a cliffhanger to set up a title clash with John Higgins in the Indian Open Snooker, in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
McGill was thoroughly tested by King as the match went the full distance with the former winning 4-3 to set up the summit clash with another Scotsman, Higgins, who got the better of China’s Xu Si 4-2.
King started confidently making fewer errors and managing to get ahead. And, even though the pair split the first four frames, King looked the better bet and an upset was a possibility. King came up with a break of 98 in the fifth frame to leave his rival stranded in the wake.
But, the defending champion roared back and dominated the sixth frame and tied the match. King briefly wrested back some control in the final frame but McGill wasn’t giving anything away and finally managed to quell the Englishman’s challenge and progress to the final.
The second semi-final pitted the old guard John Higgins against the plucky upstart Xu Si. The Chinese had a wonderful run at the Indian Open and started brightly by comfortably winning the first frame. Higgins hit back and won the next two frames but an uncharacteristic error in the fourth frame allowed Xu back in the match.
In a messy table on the fifth frame, both players had trouble early on but Higgins used all his experience to get ahead, and never looked back, racing through the sixth match and closed the contest four frames to two.
Results (Semi-finals) -
Anthony McGill (Sco) bt Mark King (Eng) 4-3 -- (39-68, 76-31, 67-71, 68-28, 1-126, 85-5, 69-30).
John Higgins (Sco) bt Xu Si (Chn) 4-2 ((0-82, 64-12, 67-14, 18-92, 120)-13, 78-5).