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World Snooker Championship 2018: John Higgins takes early advantage against Kyren Wilson in semi-final

World Snooker Championship 2018: John Higgins takes early advantage against Kyren Wilson in semi-final

John Higgins is aiming to win his fifth world title 20 years after his first in 1998
bbc.comFour-time winner John Higgins edged 5-3 ahead of Kyren Wilson after the first session of their World Championship semi-final.Masters finalist Wilson failed to settle early on as Higgins made breaks of 57, 65 and 77 to take a 4-1 lead.Wilson, who had a backstage nose bleed, closed in, making a 140 clearance, but Higgins nicked the eighth.
Two-time champion Mark Williams faces Barry Hawkins in the second semi-final from 19:00 BST, live on the BBC.
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Welshman Williams progressed to the last four by beating Ronnie O'Sullivan's conqueror Ali Carter, while Englishman Hawkins made light work of China's Ding Junhui.Higgins came through a nail-biting final-frame decider against Judd Trump late on Wednesday and was beaten in last year's final by Mark Selby.Playing in his ninth semi-final at the Crucible, he showed his experience by finding his rhythm and holding an early advantage.But Wilson, a first-timer on the one-table set-up, pulled himself together after the mid-session interval with a century but a missed red on a break of 44 proved costly as Higgins dished out a clearance in the final frame of the session. They resume on Friday at 10:00 BST.
Analysis
1991 world champion John Parrott on BBC TwoKyren Wilson missed a sitter in the last frame and it is just one lapse in concentration. It was a session that was going a bit wrong for John Higgins - he was tired after the late quarter-final - but the two clearances showed why he is 5-3 up and not 5-3 down.It is a fantastic score for him, he would have been OK at 4-4 but 5-3 is a real bonus.Kyren struggled early on but since then he has done well. He took a while to get into it and Higgins was weakening but he got back into the match.
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