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Snooker news - Ali Carter books semi-final spot, Mark Selby sets up Judd Trump clash

Carter books semi-final spot, Selby sets up Trump clash

07/02/2019 at 16:12Updated 07/02/2019 at 23:46

Top seed Mark Allen was dumped out of the World Grand Prix on Thursday as he was beaten 4-1 by Ali Carter, who later booked his spot in the semi-finals.

Scottish Open champion Allen opened up with a break of 85 at Cheltenham but thereafter he was second best to The Captain.

Carter responded instantly with a break of 86 and then edged a narrow frame to go 2-1 ahead.

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Allen later tweeted an apology to his fans who were watching the match.

"Bad day at the office. Sorry to anyone who had to watch that. "Best of luck to @TheCaptain147 for the rest of tournament. Home to the family now."

Later on in the evening session Carter comfortably beat David Gilbert 5-1.

Carter took the opening three frames and although Gilbert hit a century in the fourth he couldn't build any momentum.

Carter will face Xiao Guodong in the semi-finals after he won a 5-4 thriller over compatriot Yuan Sijun.

The entire match was a tense affair with both players having to rely on mistakes from the other.

Teenager Yuan won a couple of extremely tight frames but he was unable to stop his more experienced opponent from claiming victory.

Earlier in the day Gilbert had whitewashed 2018 runner-up Ding Junhui.

Gilbert, who recently notched the 147th 147 break began with a tone-setting century break of 101 and doubled his lead with a 66.

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He then knocked in his second ton of the match with a 138 break, the second highest of the tournament thus far.

Gilbert finished off the win with a break of 74 to finish off a shell-shocked Ding who could only manage 33 points in total.

World number one Mark Selby is also through to the quarter-finals having beaten Noppon Saengkham 4-2.

Selby knocked in two half-century breaks to take the opening frame but after that no player could make a break of 50 or higher.

Selby went three frames up but Saengkham was able to claw it back to 3-2.

However, he couldn't force a decider as Selby sealed victory and set up a quarter-final clash with Masters champion Judd Trump.

There was another whitewash as Kyren Wilson beat former world champion Stuart Bingham 4-0.

WORLD GRAND PRIX

FIRST ROUND (best of seven frames)

Monday February 4

7pm

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan 2-4 Marco Fu
  • Mark Allen 4-2 Gary Wilson
  • Barry Hawkins 4-1 Ryan Day
  • Stuart Bingham 4-1 Zhao Xintong

Tuesday February 5

1pm

  • Martin O’Donnell 3-4 Ali Carter
  • Jimmy Robertson 3-4 Mark Davis
  • Mark Williams 3-4 Yuan Sijun
  • Neil Robertson 3-4 Xiao Guodong

7pm

  • Joe Perry 3-4 Tom Ford
  • Stephen Maguire 4-1 Mark King
  • Judd Trump 4-3 Stuart Carrington
  • Jack Lisowski 1-4 Ding Junhui

Wednesday February 6

1pm

  • Mark Selby 4-1 Shaun Murphy
  • John Higgins 2-4 Noppon Saengkham
  • David Gilbert 4-0 Yan Bingtao
  • Kyren Wilson 4-3 Matthew Stevens

LAST 16 (best of seven frames)

7pm

  • Xiao Guodong 4-1 Mark Davis
  • Tom Ford 2-4 Judd Trump
  • Stephen Maguire 2-4 Yuan SiJun
  • Barry Hawkins 4-1 Marco Fu

Thursday February 7

1pm

  • David Gilbert 4-0 Ding Junhui
  • Ali Carter 4-1 Mark Allen
  • Kyren Wilson 4-0 Stuart Bingham
  • Mark Selby 4-2 Noppon Saengkham

7pm

  • Ali Carter 5-1 David Gilbert
  • Xiao Guodong 5-4 Yuan Sijun
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