THE SHANGHAI Masters could be set for its first ever double winner after three previous champions made it through to the semi-final stages.
World Champion Mark Selby, China’s number one Ding Junhui and world number two Stuart Bingham are just two wins away from making history after completing victories today (Friday).
And should Selby and Ding both win their semi-final matches then Sunday’s final will be a repeat of this year’s World Championship showdown at the Crucible which the Leicester star won 18-14.
2011 winner Selby dominated his quarter-final encounter with Welshman Ryan Day, winning 5-3 while Ding – who won this event three years ago – edged out Ronnie O’Sullivan conqueror Michael Holt winning by the same scoreline.
Ding will next face Stephen Maguire who is the only player left standing not to have won the Shanghai Masters before. Should he do so, the Scot will become the tenth different winner of the major ranking event in its ten-year history.
Maguire, who last won a major ranking event more than three-and-a-half years ago at the Welsh Open, put in an impressive display to beat Michael White 5-1.
Selby will meet Bingham in Saturday’s second semi-final after the 2015 world champion ended Ali Carter’s good run of form with a 5-1 win.
Bingham won the Shanghai Masters in 2014 after beating Mark Allen 10-3 in the final.
The winner of the tournament will win a cash prize of £85,000.
SHANGHAI MASTERS 2016 – SEMI-FINALS
Ding Junhui vs Stephen Maguire
Stuart Bingham vs Mark Selby