Champion of Champions: John Higgins thrashes Ding Junhui to book semi-final spot

John Higgins
Higgins is a four-time world champion

John Higgins thrashed Ding Junhui 6-1 in their Group One decider to reach the Champion of Champions semi-finals.

The 48-year-old Scot was on for a maximum 147 break in the opening frame but missed the 13th red when on 96.

China’s Ding levelled with a 106 break but that was the only frame he won as Higgins claimed the next five.

“I felt good out there and I really enjoyed it,” said Higgins, who will play Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen in the last four in Bolton.

“Me and Mark always have great matches. Last time he pipped me 9-8 in the Northern Ireland final so maybe I owe him one back. I can’t wait to play him.”

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