DING CAN BE WELSH KING AGAIN; SNOOKER.
The former UK and Masters champion (right) saw off England's Joe Perry 6-4 in an entertaining semi-final clash yesterday at the Newport Centre.
Ding, the 2012 Welsh Open winner, is now targeting the PS60,000 first prize in today's best of 17-frame showdown after reaching his fifth major final of the season.
He said: "I can handle the pressure. After winning the Shanghai Masters earlier in the season I've taken a lot of confidence. I had always struggled playing in China but after winning that tournament I've kept going and had a great run."
Perry took the lead after a break of 59 but Ding hit back to win a scrappy second frame and moved ahead with a break of 114.
A further run of 47 saw Ding lead 3-1 at the interval.
Perry kept his composure to level matters and then a break of 73 made it level pegging. But Ding pulled away again with breaks of 88 and 55 powering him to within one frame of victory.
Perry responded with a 69 break, but the end was just around the corner as Ding pocketed a 118 break - the 350th century of his career - to go through to the final.
World No.15 Perry said: "I played pretty well in bits and bobs but I probably missed a couple of balls which cost me.
"He's a super player, so if you make one too many mistakes you get punished."