Scotland born Eden Sharav produced an amazing comeback to reach a ranking event semi-final for the first time.
The 26-year-old will play the match of his life tonight (Saturday) when he comes face to face against Judd Trump in a bid to reach the Northern Ireland Open final.
Never before has Sharav – who father is Israeli – had such a strong run in a ranking event since he become professional a few years ago.
And he could not have written a better script to get into his first ranking semi-final.
His chances looked all but over when former world champion Peter Ebdon cruised into a 4-1 lead during the quarter-final encounter on Friday night.
But Sharav battled back to win four frames on the bounce to produce the biggest win of his career.
The victory means he is now guaranteed a pay cheque for £20,000 – his biggest of his career. And victory tonight will not only mean a place in his first ranking final – but at least £30,000 as a prize fee.
He has now made season earnings of more than £40,000 for the first time and still has half of the season to add more.
His best run has given him a much better chance to remain a professional player next season but will need to continue his winning ways in the coming months.
Sharav’s previous best performance in a ranking event came just a matter of weeks ago when he reached the last 16 stage of the English Open.
His next opponent Judd Trump has rediscovered his best form this week in Belfast and made it through to the semi-finals with a 5-3 win over Ryan Day.
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