Ali Carter scored a 6-2 win over Martin Gould in the semi-finals of the F66.com German Masters and is now just one win away from regaining the title he captured in 2013.
Gould’s hopes of defending his title ended as he missed balls at crucial moments. World number 14 Carter, who beat Marco Fu in the 2013 final, goes through to face Stuart Bingham or Anthony Hamilton over 17 frames at the Tempodrom tomorrow, with the winner to receive the 80,000 Euro top prize.
Chelmsford’s 37-year-old Carter will be bidding for the fifth ranking title of his career and is hoping to win two ranking crowns in the same season for the first time, having landed the World Open in July.
Londoner Gould took the opening frame today, knocking in a long pot on the penultimate red to initiate a 30 clearance. Carter hit back to win the next two with breaks of 83 and 61. In frame four, Gould led 57-0 only for Carter to make an excellent 71 clearance which included a fine pot on the last red along a side cushion.
Carter missed the final brown in frame five when he had a chance to extend his lead, allowing his opponent to clear for 3-2. But in the next it was Gould’s turn to make crucial errors as he missed tricky pots on both the final pink and black. Carter slotted the black into a baulk corner to double his lead.
World number 19 Gould led 55-17 in frame seven when he missed a tough pot on the third-last red. Carter punished him again with a 48 clearance to make it 5-2.
Two-time Crucible finalist Carter missed the black off its spot at 46-0 in frame eight, but it mattered little as he sealed frame and match when Gould failed to get the snookers he needed on the last red.
“It was a workmanlike performance today, though taking the positives I made some good clearances, said Carter after reaching his eighth ranking final. “I wanted to perform because it was a big crowd, but sometimes the frames go a bit scrappy. It would mean everything to win this because it’s a great venue and one of my favourite events. I don’t want to go all the way to the final and then lose. To walk out there tomorrow will be such a buzz.”
Gould, who has at least qualified for next week’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston thanks to his run to the semi-finals, said: “I lost three frames that I was in control of. I thought we both played well but I had some bad luck and Ali capitalised on it.
“I came here to defend my title and I gave it the best that I could. Most people wouldn’t have given me a chance of defending it so I was under the radar.”