Higgins vs Trump in BetVictor English Open Semifinals

In the upcoming semi-finals of the BetVictor English Open, John Higgins and Judd Trump, who have faced off in two Crucible finals in the past, emerged victorious with emphatic 5-1 wins in Brentwood on Friday afternoon.

Higgins secured a win against Martin O’Donnell, while Trump prevailed against Matthew Selt, setting the stage for an intriguing clash on Saturday at 1pm. Their last encounter was in the semi-finals of the BetVictor European Masters in August, where Trump narrowly won 6-5. The Englishman aims for a repeat victory against the esteemed Higgins, a legend in the world of snooker.

Higgins, the 48-year-old from Scotland, is set to participate in his 82nd ranking event semi-final, striving for his 32nd title and first since the 2021 Players Championship. He aspires to follow in the footsteps of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams, both of whom have already clinched titles this season. The seasoned player hopes to be the third ‘Class of 92’ member to lift a trophy within three weeks.

The match began with Higgins showcasing his strength, securing the first frame with breaks of 67 and 59. Despite O’Donnell’s effort to level, Higgins took control with breaks of 82 and 77, leading 3-1 at the interval. In the fifth frame, Higgins extended his advantage with a crucial pot, and he sealed the result with a run of 70 in the sixth frame.

Higgins commented, “In my last couple of matches, I have hit the ball really well… I love playing [Trump], I have brought the best out of him in some of our matches and he has done the same to me. It’s a game I relish.”

On the other hand, Trump, currently ranked fifth in the world, is eager to secure his first ranking title since the Turkish Masters in March 2022. He enjoyed a comfortable victory against Selt, the same opponent he defeated in the Turkish Masters final, displaying top-notch breaks of 137 and 103.

Reflecting on his performance, Trump remarked, “It was a tricky start to the game… I upped my game in the second half of the match.”

Trump, through to his 55th ranking event semi-final, remains focused on pursuing his 24th career ranking title. He is optimistic about his form and aims to translate it into a tournament win, emphasizing that his best performance is yet to come.

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