Yupeng to play Ding in Asian PTC2 semis

Cao Yupeng will meet compatriot Ding Junhui in the Asian PTC2 semi-finals after a big 4-3 win over former world champion Mark Williams.

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Welshman Williams won the 2000 and 2003 Crucible titles but lost a final-frame decider to world number 67 Yupeng, who then defeated Jin Long 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

Long was the only amateur to make the fifth round after knocking out Niu Zhuang 4-2 to get there and Shi Hanqing lost by the same score to Barry Hawkins.

Hawkins lost his quarter-final over seven frames to Xiao Guodong, who also sent Marco Fu packing.

Guodong meets Stephen Lee, the last non-Chinese player left in the tournament, for a place in the final after the world number seven cruised past Chen Ruifu and Joe Perry.

Ding defeated Tom Ford 4-1 and Marcus Campbell 4-2 to set up a last-four showdown with Yupeng.

Both the semi-finals and final will be played Thursday morning.

Asian PTC2 Round Four results

Niu Zhuang 2-4 Jin Long

Cao Yupeng 4-3 Mark Williams

Ding Junhui 4-1 Tom Ford

Matthew Stevens 3-4 Marcus Campbell

Shi Hanqing 2-4 Barry Hawkins

Marco Fu 1-4 Xiao Guodong

Rob Milkins 4-1 Ben Woollaston

Joe Perry 0-4 Stephen Lee

Quarter-final results

Jin Long 2-4 Cao Yupeng

Ding Junhui 4-2 Marcus Campbell

Barry Hawkins 3-4 Xiao Guodong

Robert Milkins 1-4 Stephen Lee

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