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Mark Williams and Mark Selby through to British Open semi-finals

30 Sep 2023 2 minute read
Mark Williams. Photo James Manning PA Images

The three-time world champion Mark Williams is through to the Cazoo British Open semi-finals after thrashing China’s Fan Zhengyi 5-1.

Looking for his first ranking event victory since British Open success two years ago, the Welshman produced two centuries in a one-sided encounter.

Williams hit breaks of 138, 68, 61 and 109 to wrap up victory in just over an hour, finishing the match with a 97% pot success rate.

He will play Hossein Vafaei in the last four after the Iranian fought back from two frames down to beat China’s He Guoqiang 5-2.


Mark Selby prevailed in a final-frame decider to see off Jack Lisowski and reach the semi-finals of the Cazoo British Open.

The four-time world champion trailed 2-0 but it was nip and tuck thereafter before Selby held his nerve to come through 5-4.

A break of 98 in the third frame got Selby on the board and he made it three frames in a row with a 132 to take the lead.

But Lisowski twice managed to level the contest before a break of 65 in a total of 103 carried Selby over the line to set up last-four clash with Xiao Guodong, who defeated Tom Ford 5-3.

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