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Ding digs deep to keep revenge mission against Selby on track

 

By Charlie Bennett

Ding Junhui set up a tantalising final session in his Betfred World Championship semi-final clash with Mark Selby, levelling the score at 12-12 ahead of today's finale.

The Chinese superstar fought back superbly after Selby took a 9-7 lead into the third session of their match-up - finishing off with a century to snatch the momentum.

Ding is out for revenge after losing the final to Selby at the Crucible Theatre a year ago, and he looks up for the fight after showing all his mettle to come back after a disappointing second session on Friday morning.

Selby had trailed 5-3 after the first session, but on yesterday morning he produced some exhilarating snooker. He led heading into the evening session, but Ding fought back to close the gap to 11-10 with the momentum swinging back towards the Chinese superstar. But Selby halted the Dragon in the next frame.

However, Ding hit back again with a superb pair of centuries- firing in breaks of 117 and 135 to ensure they finished all-square.

In the other semi-final, John Higgins took the initiative - moving into a 10-6 lead against Barry Hawkins.

Watch the Snooker World Championship Live on Eurosport and Eurosport Player, with Colin Murray and analysis from Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

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