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Joe Perry reached his second ranking event semi-final in Wales within a month as he beat Ali Carter 4-1 at the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix.
World number ten Perry got to the last four of the Welsh Open three weeks ago and he’s now through to the same stage in Llandudno. Two more wins would give him the top prize of £100,000 and a second career ranking title. The Cambridgeshire cueman will face Stuart Bingham or Ryan Day on Saturday afternoon for a place in the final.
After sharing the first two frames, Perry took the third with a break of 87 and made a 66 in the fourth. Carter clawed his way back and got the snooker he needed on the yellow, but Perry eventually potted the green to go 3-1 up. And he compiled runs of 37 and 33 in the next to seal the result.
“What has pleased me most this week is that my mannerisms and tempo have been good,” said Perry. “I have kept in control of myself and when you do that you always have a chance. I’m striking the ball well and I felt comfortable today. This is a good spell of the season for me, I have put in a lot of hard work on the practice table and I’m getting results.
“It will be tough tomorrow whoever I play. Ryan has been in form for a while and for me he is the best player never to win a ranking event. Stuart may not have had the best season as World Champion but that’s a problem I’d love to have next season!”