Martin Gould and Stuart Bingham both booked a place in the last four of the 888.com World Grand Prix with impressive wins in the quarter-finals in Llandudno on Friday.
Bingham cruised to a 4-0 win over Mark Davis in a match which hinged on an error-strewn opening frame, when Davis missed a short-range pot on the final black along the top cushion. Basildon’s Bingham potted the black and went on to take the next three frames with top breaks of 56 and 71.
Bingham is seeking his fourth title of the season having won the Shanghai Masters, Haining Open and Championship League.
“The scoreline was a bit flattering,” admitted world number nine Bingham, who will now play Ronnie O’Sullivan or Graeme Dott. “In the first frame we had about five to ten chances each. I was lucky enough that Mark left the black over the pocket and that settled me down. I’m a little more experienced in the one table set up than Mark in that atmosphere.
“I enjoyed it out there. I’m eyeing that £100,000 top prize, that’s what we’re all here for. It would be great to get my hands on the trophy, and be the first name on there. I’ve still got two matches left, and a long way to go.”
Gould scored a 4-2 win over Peter Ebdon. Former World Champion Ebdon took the opening frame with a break of 80 before world number 24 Gould took three in a row with runs of 78, 62 and 59. Ebdon pulled one back but Gould won the next in three scoring visits to set up a match with Mark Williams or Judd Trump.
“The whole way through the match I felt really positive, and felt like I was hitting the ball really nicely,” said Gould, who was runner-up at the Bulgarian Open earlier this season. “When I’m feeling in that mood, virtually everything goes in. I know what I’m capable of doing.
“I’ve felt in good form all season. I’ve had some good results, I’ve had some bad results. Most of the time I’ve played well. I don’t mind who I play tomorrow, but hopefully I’ll be feeling as good as I did today.”