• International Championship

Ding edges out Dott to reach final

ESPN staff
November 2, 2013
Ding Junhui has won the last two ranking events © Getty Images

Ding Junhui secured a place in the International Championship final after edging out former world champion Graeme Dott 9-7 in a thrilling encounter in Chengdu.

Dott had trailed 7-3 but fought back to be only one frame behind at 8-7. However, Ding made a clearance of 63 after being 56 points behind to secure the win and a place in his third consecutive ranking event final after lifting the Shanghai Masters and the Indian Open. In the final he will face Marco Fu.

"Graeme played great safety from 7-3 down. The last few frames were difficult because Graeme raised his game and was playing at a quick pace. I could feel his confidence out there," twice UK champion Ding said.

"In the last frame, he didn't play the perfect safety so left me a long pot, and it was lucky for me to get that chance when I was more than 50 points behind. I knew it was my last chance so I held myself together to win the match with a solid break."

On the loss, Dott said: "I scored just as well as Ding, I just played a couple of careless shots which cost me frames, and I never got any luck. I'm very disappointed because I felt I had a good chance to go 8-8 and then either of us could have won."

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