Selby opens up semi-final advantage

30 April 2021 20:32:32

Three-time champion Mark Selby leads Stuart Bingham 9-7 ahead of Friday evening's session of their World Championship semi-final tie.

The English pair were level at 4-4 after a nip-and-tuck battle on Thursday and they continued to exchange frames in Friday's morning session.

With the clash tied at 6-6, Selby started to move through the gears, posting back-to-back 134 breaks to win two in a row and put himself firmly in the driving seat.

Bingham struck back with a century break of his own but he threw away the opportunity to level in the final frame, with Selby making easy work of what looked a difficult pink to pull two clear.

A fast start in the evening session, which gets underway at 19:00, could put Selby on the verge of a first appearance in the final since his 2017 triumph at the Crucible.

Meanwhile, Kyren Wilson will attempt to build on his 6-2 advantage over Shaun Murphy this afternoon when they resume their last-four tie at 14:30.

Fresh from his quarter-final triumph over world number one Judd Trump, Wilson has put himself firmly in contention to challenge for a maiden World Championship crown.

2005 winner Murphy has his work cut out to turn things around and seal a first spot in the final since 2015.

Selby is?1/1 to progress into the final of the World Chmapionship, while Bingham is available at 1/1.

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