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Sunday, February 16, 2020, 12:38
Yan edged out by Murphy in semis at snooker's Welsh Open
By Xinhua
Sunday, February 16, 2020, 12:38 By Xinhua

In this April 16, 2017 photo, Yan Bingtao of China competes during the first round match against Shaun Murphy of England during the World Snooker Championship 2017 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Britain. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

LONDON - China's snooker hopeful Yan Bingtao missed the chance to celebrate his 20th birthday in the Welsh Open final, as he was edged out by former world champion Shaun Murphy in the semifinals on Saturday.

Shaun Murphy will meet compatriot Kyren Wilson in the final, after the Englishman came from 5-1 down to defeat Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5

Yan, who turns 20 on Sunday, wasted a 2-0 lead to trail 2-4, but then held the nerve to overtake his experienced opponent by winning the next three frames.

37-year-old Murphy kept calm to notch the following two frames, reaching the final with scores of 6-5. The world No 10 hit his top break of 109 in the deciding frame.

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Murphy will meet compatriot Kyren Wilson in the final, after the Englishman came from 5-1 down to defeat Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5.

Wilson's run to the final included a win over China's top player and world No 9 Ding Junhui, and he continued his winning streak by sweeping Australia's Neil Robertson 5-0 in Friday's quarterfinal.

Murphy ousted reigning world champion Judd Trump 5-3 in the quarterfinals. He and Wilson will play the best of 17 frames in Sunday's final. 

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