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Saturday, December 07, 2019, 16:52
Ding sets up semifinal clash with Yan at UK Championships
By Xinhua
Saturday, December 07, 2019, 16:52 By Xinhua

China's Ding Junhui competes during day seven of the UK Snooker Championship at the York Barbican, York, England, Dec 3, 2019. (NIGEL FRENCH / PA VIA AP)

LONDON — China's top player Ding Junhui and rising star Yan Bingtao both won at snooker UK Championships on Friday, setting up a semifinal encounter in the prestigious event.

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Ding defeated compatriot Liang Wenbo 6-2 before the 19-year-old Yan knocking out veteran John Higgins 6-3.

Ding, 32, failed to win any ranking event title for more than two years, but has shown a recovery of form in York. He ousted defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-4 to grab a quarterfinal berth on Thursday and it's his first ranking event semifinal for 22 months.

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Yan won his first ranking title at the Riga Masters earlier this season. Although his top break on Friday was just 43, he managed to outplay a below par Higgins. 

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