Press Association Mark Selby eased into the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters with a 5-0 defeat of Fergal O’Brien. He will play Mark Allen for a place in the final after Allen held his nerve to edge Michael White 5-4. Breaks of 83, 55 and 74 helped Allen take control and he moved to within a frame of victory by edging a tight fifth frame. However, the 28-year-old from Northern Ireland failed to score a point as Welshman White stormed back with breaks of 85, 83 and 76 – only for Allen to seal victory by edging a tight decider. Defending champion Ding Junhui will play Stuart Bingham in the other semi-final. Home hope Ding, the world number three, did not look back after taking the first two frames against Graeme Dott, going on to win 5-2. Bingham defeated Alan McManus 5-1. The Scot briefly levelled the match but was largely on the back foot, with Bingham’s break of 114 in frame five the highlight of the contest. The ‘Jester from Leicester’, ranked number one in the sport’s money list, started and finished with a flourish. Selby won the first frame with a break of 75 and wrapped up with a 76, although there was little to separate the two in the middle three frames.
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