JUDD Trump and Stuart Bingham have secured their places in the Welsh Open semi-finals this afternoon.
World number two Trump ended Pankaj Advani’s fine run in Newport this week with a 5-2 win as he showed yet more glimpses that his good form is returning.
This season’s International Championship winner was in full control as breaks of 46, 52 and 78 helped him on his way to a 4-0 lead.
Advani threatened a remarkable comeback winning the next two frames but it was Trump who booked a weekend spot at the Newport Centre with a quick-fire break of 69.
Trump will play either Stephen Maguire or Alan McManus in Saturday’s evening semi-final.
Meanwhile on the other table, Premier League champion Bingham came back from a bad start to beat Ken Doherty.
The Irishman made the better start winning the first two frames before the Basildon star turned the match on its head when taking a 3-2 lead.
Doherty kept his hopes alive of reaching the semi-finals after he leveled the contest at 3-3 but the world number 10 proved too good and got himself over the winning post with a break of 71 and clinched a 5-3 win.
Bingham will meet the winner of the quarter-final clash between Ding Junhui and Robert Milkins for a place in Sunday’s grand final.