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UK Open Final preview: Higgins v Ding

December 13, 2009

The final of the UK Open takes place in Telford later today with fans no doubt still recovering from a Higgins – O’ Sullivan semi-final that finished around 10pm yesterday evening.

John Higgins beat Ronnie O' Sullivan in a thriller yesterday - BBC

Higgins had raced into a 6-2 lead in the afternoon (O’ Sullivan having hit two centuries in his usual rapid style) and his win looked imminent as he picked up the first two frames of the evening session to go within a frame of victory.

Yet O’ Sullivan rattled off six straight frames to take the semi-final to a decider, which Higgins won with a break of 56. The final frame can be seen on the BBC website, though you already know what happens now.

He faces Ding Junhui today, who a more straightforward route to the final with a 9-5 win over world number 2 Steven Maguire on Friday – this 134 break helping him along the way.

The BBC’s coverage has been excellent as always and Ken Doherty is a welcome recent addition to the punditry team.

Ding Junhui will hope to add to his 3 ranking tournament wins later today

Both Higgins and Ding are of course playing well. Higgins has had to play more frames en route to the final, with two 9-8 wins and a 9-7. Ding had a tough quarter-final win over Allister Carter (9-8) but otherwise has progressed comfortably, including an excellent 9-3 win over defending champion and recent Premier League winner Shaun Murphy.

The Videprinter prediction: Higgins to triumph this evening, by three frames.

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