Judd Trump came from behind to wrest control of his International Championship semi-final from Mark Selby and lead 5-3 after the first session in Daqing.
World Champion Trump is currently riding the crest of a wave, having secured a return to the world number one spot earlier in the week with his last 16 win over Joe Perry. His opponent Selby was ousted from the top of the world rankings for the first time in four years by Ronnie O’Sullivan back in March.
Following an opening frame century run of 113 from Trump, it was then world number six Selby who seized the early initiative. Three frames on the bounce saw the Leicester cueist move 3-1 ahead at the mid-session interval.
When they returned, Trump crucially claimed the fifth frame on the final black to reduce his deficit to one. Further breaks of 60 and 97 helped him on the way to taking a further three on the bounce to secure his 5-3 cushion.
They will return this evening when they will play the best of 17 match to its conclusion.