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Indian Open Snooker: Williams to meet White in all-Welsh semis

Indian Open Snooker: Williams to meet White in all-Welsh semis
Two-time world champion Williams, the world no. 15, scored an emphatic 4-1 quarter final victory over ninth seeded Robert Milkins of England.

Williams carried on his morning form when he ousted second seed Judd Trump of England 4-3 in the pre-quarterfinals as he dominated the quarterfinal clash against Milkins, the world number 16, right through barring the fourth frame.

Williams, winner of 18 ranking titles and two Masters crowns, scored a fluent 69(51)-28, 58-45, 77(76)-0, 0-90(54), 67-12 victory to advance to last four for a meeting with shoot-out champion White.

It was also sweet revenge for his loss to Milkins in their earlier meeting at the 2013 Welsh Open and took their head to head record to 3-1 in the 2000 and 2003 world champion’s favour.

World number 22 White fought back from 1-2 to oust 22-year-old Chris Wakelin of England, who had never progressed beyond the round of 32 earlier, 4-2.

Though he lost the first and third frames without getting a point against his name, White proved his mettle, especially in the fifth frame when he compiled a near-century break, when needed to carve out a 0-76, 59 (55)-7, 0-82, 72(71)-22, 99(99)-0, 55-46 win.

Williams and White would meet tomorrow morning in the semifinal to decide who moves into the final scheduled in the evening.

Earlier on Friday, two former world champions -- second seed Judd Trump and sixth seed John Higgins -- were knocked out while giant-killing qualifier Thepchaiya Un-Nooh again came through with flying colours to enter the quarterfinals. In the last pre-quarterfinal, fifth seed Joe Perry survived a tough battle against exciting young English compatriot Kyren Wilson to squeak through 4-3 into the last eight.
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