O’Sullivan took a 3-1 lead into the mid-session interval, but runs of 88 and 111 from Ding levelled matters.

A 105 from O’Sullivan gave the ‘Rocket’ the advantage again but Ding ground out the eighth frame.

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However, O’Sullivan put together breaks of 91 and 125 to secure his spot in the final.

O’Sullivan will face4 Bristol's Judd Trump in the final after his 6-4 win over world number two Neil Robertson.

The final is the best of 19 frames with £100,000 for the winner.

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