Comfortable win steers Walden to Wuxi final

RICKY WALDEN is just one more win away from claiming his second world ranking title after brushing aside Marcus Campbell in the second Wuxi Classic semi-final.

Today’s semi-final was by no means a classic in the making but a solid performance from the Londoner saw him coast to victory against the Scot inside seven frames winning 6-1.

Walden, whose last ranking event trophy came at the Shanghai Masters four years ago, will play Stuart Bingham in Sunday’s grand final who beat Mark Davis in the first semi-final.

Walden won the opening frame after Campbell, playing in his first ever ranking event semi-final, missed the black from its spot while on a break of 22. Walden punished the Scot heavily by making a break of 90 before he then doubled his lead with runs of 38 and 47.

Campbell did not let the disappointment of the first two frames get to him and won a scrappy third frame to go 2-1 behind. But sadly for the world-number-25 this was as good it was going to get for him.

Walden got back to winning ways in the fourth frame to lead 3-1 at the mid-session interval.

Unlike the first semi-final there was not to be a remarkable comeback as Walden won the next three frames after the restart to clinch his place in the final hitting breaks of 64 and 90 during the process.

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