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International Championship: Mark Selby to face Ding Junhui in another China final

Mark Selby

Mark Selby beat Ding Junhui 18-14 to land his second world title at the Crucible in April

World champion Mark Selby will meet Ding Junhui in the final of the International Championship in China.

Selby won the last five frames of his semi-final against fellow Englishman Stuart Bingham to record a 9-3 victory.

China’s Ding, who won the title in 2013, raced into a 6-0 lead against England’s Judd Trump and held on to claim a 9-4 win.

World number six Ding will be hoping to repeat his victory over Selby in the Shanghai Masters final in September.

Selby recovered from the losing the two opening frames against Bingham to level on the black ball in the fourth.

He opened up a crucial 5-3 lead at the break and dominated in the second session, including a 125 clearance in back-to-back century breaks.

Ding prevented Trump from scoring in four successive frames as he continued his excellent form in China with a blistering start in their semi-final.

Trump kept his hopes alive with the final two frames of the first session, and narrowed the gap to 7-4 before Ding made a clearance of 134 to break his opponent’s resistance.

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