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Maguire books Bingham final

Stephen Maguire will face Stuart Bingham in the final of the Welsh Open after both players battled to semi-final victories in Newport on Saturday.

Defending champion Ding Junhui of China was knocked out when Englishman Bingham edged their last four clash 6-5 and Maguire then accounted for Judd Trump 6-4 in the evening session.

Maguire looked to be cruising towards the final when he sailed into a 5-2 lead, only for Trump to launch a mini fightback.

Bingham had earlier dethroned defending champion Ding when he came back from 4-5 down courtesy of breaks of 93 and 108.

"I didn't play as well as I did in other matches this week and I had some bad shot selection," admitted Ding afterwards.

"I missed key shots to win frames and Stuart just took his chances. Those misses were stupid, like that easy red to the middle in the sixth frame. The blue in the last frame was quite close to the cue ball so it was difficult to see the angle.

"Stuart is a good player. His safety was good and he played better than me today - when I missed balls he scored heavily."