Ali Carter has reached his first ranking event final since the 2013 German Masters, after victory in the day’s first semi-final clash at the Hanteng Autos World Open. The 37-year-old ended a remarkable run from Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in Yushan, winning 6-1.
Carter, who sensationally whitewashed four-time World Champion John Higgins in their quarter-final, looked far more composed as the tournament moved to a one table set-up. In a game bereft of high breaks, the Captain was playing the more astute snooker, picking off the opening two frames as Un-Nooh struggled to settle.
31-year-old Un-Nooh had to beat the likes of World Champion Mark Selby and Indian Open Champion Anthony McGill to reach his third ranking event semi-final. He settled the early nerves with a break of 54 in the third, which helped him to put a frame on the board at 2-1.
Carter then re-asserted his authority, moving 5-1 ahead after capitalising on a few misses which were uncharacteristic of Un-Nooh’s play this week in Yushan.
The Thai was among the balls in frame seven before a missed black off the spot allowed Carter to make 28 and move to the verge of taking the match. With just pink and black left a safety battle ensued. However, Un-Nooh left the pink over the top right corner and Carter made no mistake to clinch a place in tomorrow’s final. He will face either Neil Robertson or Joe Perry, who contest their semi-final later today.
“I think today was just about my experience really. It wasn’t that pretty but I did what I had to do, I know he is a very dangerous player,” said Carter. “Neil is a great player and a very heavy scorer, but equally Joe is a very good player and has a strong all-round game. Whoever is in the final it’s going to be a tough game, but I’m just going to go out there and enjoy it.”