Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ding Dong Merrily on High as Junhui Makes Final

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ding Dong Merrily on High as Junhui Makes Final

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DING JUNHUI is trying to come to terms with the "crazy" feeling of reaching his second successive ranking event final.

The Chinese star saw off Stephen Maguire 9-5 in the last four of the Pukka Pies UK Snooker Championship at Telford last night.

That secured the 22-yearold his second final appearance in four years - just two months after he also went the distance at the Grand Prix, where he was beaten by Australian Neil Robertson in the final.

He will face either world number one Ronnie O'Sullivan or two-time champion John Higgins, who face off in today's second semi-final.

Ding said: "It's crazy, I've never done this before - been in two finals in a row - but the next match will be very hard. They (O'Sullivan and Higgins) are both good."

The stage looked set for a tense battle last night when Maguire won the first two frames of the evening session to level the scores at 5-5. But Ding took the next four in succession - though he admitted that a piece of bad luck for his opponent in frame 11 proved to be a huge turning point in the match. …

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