Stuart Bingham came up with a brilliant display to overcome Mark Selby in a 4-2 win. As a result of a brilliant win over the reigning world champion, Bingham was able to set up a semi-final clash at the European Masters. The victory means that Bingham has been able to end a disappointing run of three consecutive losses in ranking tournaments against Selby. Bingham, who won the 2015 Crucible, has been in good touch so far this week. He had been able to reach the quarter-finals after beating local hero Luca Brecel.
The result is a major disappointment for Selby, who was able to win the world title only back in May. The break of 65 for Bingham provided the first advantage but he was pegged back by Selby almost immediately. However, this was the only bright moment for Selby in the game, as Bingham was able to pull away with a substantial advantage from here on. Breaks at 83 and 113 were able to help Bingham establish a 3-1 lead. Even though Selby did bring one back, the final break through the decisive with Bingham getting a 4-2 victory.
After the match, the Crucible winner of 2015 claimed that he always goes into a tournament looking to win the event. He says that it is not going to be any different for the upcoming semi-final clash. Now, it is about the best of 11. Bingham will be coming up against Zhou Yuelong, who was able to get past Anthony McGill with a 4-0 win. As a result, there is still a possibility of the European Masters 2017 final witnessing an all Chinese affair. The other game sees Judd Trump set up a semi-final clash with Cao Yupeng. If Yupeng and Yuelong were able to spring surprises, the European Masters 2017 could be only the second ranking event final that witnesses two Chinese players.