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Ladbrokes Mobile Masters 2011 - Semi-Final Preview

Ladbrokes Mobile Masters 2011 - Semi-Final Preview

After six days of top drawer Snooker, some terrible shots and plenty of first round shock exit's, we are left with our four semi-finalists. Who would of predicted this line-up? First up is Hong Kong's Marco Fu against giant-slayer Mark Allen. And in the evening it's the shotgun Jamie Cope against the dragon Ding Junhui.

Saturday 13:00 - Marco Fu v Mark Allen

Mark Allen


Up first in the afternoon it is Antrim's Mark Allen against the 2007 Grand Prix champion Marco Fu. Both players have defeated opponents seeded much higher than themselves this week. Allen took down a faltering Ronnie O'Sullivan in the first round and then put in an impressive performance to beat the World Champion Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals. Marco Fu hasn't had it easy either, he had to come up again Stephen Maguire who hit a 142 in their match and then Peter Ebdon in his next match who he beat 6-0. However Peter was calling illness.

I wouldn't write off Marco Fu winning this match, but due to form this week I would expect Mark Allen to win the match, he has been the most consistent of the two this week so far and would love to reach his first ever big event final. (6-4 to Mark)


Saturday 19:30 - Jamie Cope v Ding Junhui

Jamie Cope


And in the evening session we have our next match between shotgun from Stoke Jamie Cope and former Masters finalist Ding Junhui. Jamie played pretty awful in his first match by his admittance and he managed to sort out his game in his match against Mark King by thrashing him 6-1. Ding played well in bursts to beat Mark Williams in his first match but impressed in beating Graeme Dott with 6-2 with three century breaks in the first four frames. Both will be fancying their chances in this match to lift their inaugural Masters title.

Bookies and some people will be fancying Ding Junhui to win, but I can't decide either way here. But I slightly favour Jamie Cope to win the match, he is determined to finally win a  tournament and break through and show us what he is made of as he hasn't reached the last stages of a BBC event since the Grand Prix final in 2006 (Jamie to win 6-5).

Posted Jan 15, 2011
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