The Old Green Baize editor Nigel Slater looks at the key points following the first ever English Open.
MARK SELBY produced the goods when it mattered the most after he defeated Marco Fu in an epic contest to reach the World Championship final.
DING JUNHUI stands just one win away from making snooker history after he secured a place in the World Championship final for the first time in his career.
VETERAN Alan McManus rolled back the years after a stunning victory over John Higgins earned him a place in the World Championship semi-finals – for the first time in 23 years.
DING JUNHUI sent out a real statement of intent as far as his World Championship hopes were concerned after thrashing Mark Williams to reach the semi-finals with a day to spare.
BARRY HAWKINS held his nerve to defeat Ronnie O’Sullivan in a gripping second round clash which went all the way to a decider.
RONNIE O’Sullivan sealed his place in the second round of the World Champinship after clinching a hard-fought victory over David Gilbert – but it may come at a price.