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Trump books a final clash with Walden at World Snooker China Open
Last Updated: 2016-04-03 08:51 | Xinhua
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Snooker's World No. 7 Judd Trump was one game away from his second China Open title as he eased past Stephen Maguire 6-0 in the best-of-11 semifinals here on Saturday.

"Today I played very well at the start, so I felt relieved and confident," said the 2011 titleholder Trump.

With China Open's one semifinal spot in hand, Maguire has secured his place in top 16 on world rankings, thus an automatic place in the final stages of the World Championship later this month. Otherwise, Chinese ace Ding Junhui had to go through three qualifying matches to reach the Crucible.

However, Maguire found the semifinal encounter was not in his hand, as Trump took four frames in a row before the interval, with top runs of 100 and 90 in the first and fourth frame. Trump continued his dominant play in the next two to seal the victory.

Trump will face Ricky Walden, who edged John Higgins 6-5 in an earlier match, in Sunday's best-of-19 final.

"It's going to be a tough game, so I need to keep relaxed," commented Trump.

After eliminating world champion Stuart Bingham in the quarterfinals, Walden kept his hot momentum with two 100-plus breaks in the fifth and 11th frame. This was Walden's back-to-back final appearance after PTC finals.

Trailing by 3-5 after the eighth frame, Higgins took the next two with top runs of 99 and 52 respectively to force into a tiebreaker, before Walden grasped an opportunity to record a top break of 131.

"Last week's run gave me a lot of confidence and that has helped me through some tough games this week," said world number ten Walden.

"To get to two finals in a row is pretty good, especially compared to my previous form this season," he added.

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