John Higgins Shines in Cazoo Champion of Champions, Secures Semifinal Berth with Dominant Win

John Higgins delivered an exceptional performance in the Cazoo Champion of Champions, securing a spot in the semi-finals with a commanding 6-1 victory over Ding Junhui in the Group 1 final at Bolton’s Toughsheet Stadium. The seasoned snooker player showcased top-notch skills, leaving the crowd electrified from the start.

During the opening frame, the 48-year-old snooker veteran had the audience on the edge of their seats as he approached a potential maximum 147 break, which would have made him the oldest player in snooker history to achieve such a feat. However, his quest for perfection was thwarted when he reached 96, and the 13th red ball found the jaws of a pocket.

Despite this setback, Ding Junhui responded swiftly with a break of 106 to level the match. Undeterred, Higgins reclaimed the lead with a break of 83. From that point onward, Higgins dominated the game, securing the next four frames with breaks of 80 or higher, earning him a well-deserved place in the semi-finals for the third time in the Champion of Champions tournament.

Reflecting on his performance, Higgins, who lost only one frame throughout the day, expressed his satisfaction, saying, “I felt good out there today, and I really enjoyed it. It’s a brilliant venue, and I can’t wait to come back on Saturday. Me and Mark always have great matches. Last time he pipped me 9-8 in the Northern Ireland final, so maybe I owe him one back. I can’t wait to play him.”

Higgins had already set the stage for his success on Wednesday by defeating Chris Wakelin 4-0 in the Group 1 opener. In the other group match, Ding Junhui secured a 4-3 victory over International Championship winner Zhang Anda, overcoming a comeback from 3-0 to 3-3.

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