John Higgins Advances to Scottish Open Semi-Finals in Pursuit of Maiden Home Title

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John Higgins has secured a spot in the semi-finals of the BetVictor Scottish Open for the fourth time in his career. He achieved this by defeating Tom Ford 5-3 at the Meadowbank Sport Centre in Edinburgh. The Scottish snooker legend is aiming for his first title in his home event, having been a runner-up in 2016 and 2021.

Despite struggling to find his top form in previous rounds this week, the 31-time ranking event winner is now just two wins away from claiming his 32nd title and the first since the 2021 Players Championship. In the recent match, Higgins showcased his skill with breaks of 132, 61, and 64 to take a 3-1 lead, but Ford fought back with breaks of 58, 56, and 99 to level the score at 3-3. However, Higgins clinched a hard-fought seventh frame and sealed the victory with a break of 71 in the eighth, winning 5-3.

Looking ahead, Higgins will face Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham in the semi-finals. Saengkham, seeking his first trip to a ranking event final, expressed his excitement and determination. He acknowledged Higgins as a top player and expressed his hopes for a successful match.

Defending champion Gary Wilson advanced to the semi-finals with a dominant 5-0 victory over Chris Wakelin. Wilson, who displayed impressive break-building with runs of 68, 96, 118, 68, and 82, will face China’s Zhou Yuelong in the next round. Zhou secured a nerve-shredding 5-4 win over 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham to earn his spot in the semi-finals.

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