CRUCIBLE REPEAT – Ding rallies to set up Shanghai showdown with Selby

DING Junhui will be hoping to get sweet revenge on the man he lost to in this year’s World Championship finale after he secured a place in the Shanghai Masters final.

Ding Junhui. Picture by Monique Limbos

Ding Junhui. Picture by Monique Limbos

The Chinese number one star will face Mark Selby in Sunday’s best-of-19 final after he beat Stephen Maguire 6-3 in the semi-finals.

The £85,000 encounter will be the first time the players have met since Selby won snooker’s biggest match in the calendar 18-14 at the Crucible Theatre just four months ago.

Both players will also be competing to become the first ever two-time champion of the Shanghai Masters tournament in its ten-year history.

Earlier in the day, Selby produced a stunning comeback to beat Stuart Bingham in an eleven-frame thriller.

 

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