Tom Ford Triumphs in International Championship Semifinal, Secures World’s Top 16 Placement

Tom Ford secured his spot in the third ranking final of his career, clinching a 9-6 victory over his close friend Jordan Brown in the semifinals of the International Championship in Tianjin. Ford’s impressive performance included three consecutive centuries.

Earlier in the year, Ford reached the final of the German Masters, defeating players like Kyren Wilson and Jack Lisowski along the way. Despite falling short in the final with a 10-3 loss to Ali Carter, Ford enters this Sunday’s final with the assurance of a significant achievement for the week.

This success guarantees Ford a spot in the world’s top 16, ensuring automatic qualification for the MrQ UK Championship. Additionally, a victory in the final could secure him a place in the upcoming Champion of Champions event.

In the final, Ford will face either world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan or China’s Zhang Anda, with the match set for the best of 19 frames and a top prize of £175,000 at stake.

For Jordan Brown, the defeat marks the end of a brilliant week. Despite a return to form, highlighted by his sensational win at the Welsh Open in 2021, Brown faced tough competition and could not continue his momentum in this ranking semi-final. Nevertheless, he expressed pride in his achievements for the week, having secured notable victories over David Gilbert, Kyren Wilson, John Higgins, and Stephen Maguire.

The closely contested afternoon session between Ford and Brown ended with an even score of 4-4 after the first eight frames. Brown took a 5-4 lead with a remarkable run of 134 in the evening session. Although the next two frames were shared, Ford’s outstanding performance, including consecutive breaks of 133, 101, and 109, propelled him to an 8-6 lead. Ford sealed the victory with a determined break of 57 in the final frame.

Reflecting on the match, Ford expressed confidence in his performance, stating, “I felt really good out there to be honest. As soon as I got in the balls I felt I just needed one chance.” Despite their friendship, Ford emphasized the need to focus on the game when facing a friend in competition.

In response, Brown acknowledged disappointment in his own performance but praised Ford for finishing the match strongly. He recognized running out of energy towards the end but expressed pride in his achievements for the week, considering where he was just a couple of months ago.

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