• Welsh Open

Determined Bingham books final with Maguire

ESPN staff
February 16, 2013
Stuart Bingham saved his best until last against Ding Junhui © PA Photos

Stuart Bingham refused to fold after losing control of his semi-final with Ding Junhui and came back from 5-4 down to win 6-5.

The 36-year-old Englishman will face Scotsman Stephen Maguire in the Welsh Open final on Sunday after he beat world No. 2 Judd Trump 6-4 in the day's later game.

Bingham needed two stunning breaks of 93 and 108 to rescue the tie against the Chinaman and he will be annoyed that he let the defending champion back into the match.

The world No. 10 led from the off at the Newport Centre with a 2-0 lead and he maintained his cushion through the frames as Ding blew hot and cold.

But the 25-year-old pulled his game together for the eighth and ninth frames to lead 5-4 before the Essex player delivered his inspired final two knockout blows.

"I didn't play as well as I did in other matches this week and I had some bad shot selection," Ding told Sky Sports.

"I missed key shots to win frames and Stuart just took his chances. Stuart is a good player. His safety was good and he played better than me today - when I missed balls he scored heavily."

Trump, who has enjoyed a resurgence in form at this tournament, fought tooth-and-nail until the end against Maguire and refused to concede the decisive tenth frame without a fight but ultimately lost 6-4.

Despite being 23 behind with only the black and the pink left, the Bristolian persisted with attempted snookers but he came up short. Trump was not merely being flippant, he had worked his way back from 5-2 down and would have been seriously worrying Maguire.

Before that, the Scot looked in supreme control thanks to a five-frame hot streak after Trump had taken the first two frames. Against Bingham in the final he will have sustain his challenge across all sessions if he is to take the title.

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