Mark Williams and Thepchaiya Un-nooh are set to fight out tomorrow’s final after both players eased their way past their semi-final opponents 7-3.
Williams was first up against Hong Kong’s Marco Fu and he found himself 5-1 ahead in the early exchanges. Though Williams wasn’t scoring heavily, his safety game kept it tight and was always in command.
It’s nice to get to at least another final and I want to win this one so badly that someone will have to play out of their skin to beat me. My last final was against Mark Selby in last season’s China Open. I lost 10-8 but it was a cracking game.
Scotland’s Anthony McGill was always on the back-foot against the Thai national Un-nooh. When given an opening the speedy Un-nooh scored heavily with breaks of 71 in his opening frame, 71 in the fourth and 51 in the penultimate frame of the match. McGill seemed to wilt as the match went on, missing several pots when in position, which seemed to give his opponent even more confidence.
Tomorrow’s final should be a great match if both players turn up in the form they have shown so far in the tournament. Williams, the 2009 runner-up is favourite with the UK bookies, but with home field advantage Un-nooh will be looking to add to his win here in 2015, when he beat Liang Wenbo 8-2 in the final.
The final is due to start at 3pm local time in Thailand, which is 8.00am in the UK.8 Sep 2017
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