In this May 1, 2017 photo, England's Mark Selby plays a shot during the World Championship Snooker final match against Scotland's John Higgins at The Crucible in Sheffield, England. (PAUL ELLIS / AFP)
LONDON - Mark Selby reached the final at the Snooker European Masters after defeating China's top player Ding Junhui and compatriot Shaun Murphy in Milton Keynes, England on Friday.
Mark Selby had smashed Ding Junhui 5-1 in the quarterfinal before defeating Shaun Murphy 6-3 to reach his 27th career ranking final
The three-time world champion will face Martin Gould in Sunday's final, after the world number 53 stunned world number one Judd Trump 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Selby had smashed Ding 5-1 in the quarterfinal before defeating Murphy 6-3 to reach his 27th career ranking final.
Gould, 39, edged 20-year-old Chinese hopeful Yan Bingtao 5-4 to set up a semifinal clash with Trump, where he took three frames in a row after the scores were tied at 3-3 to knock out the top seed.
Gould's only previous ranking event win was at the 2016 German Masters.
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