Marco Fu

Ding beats Doherty to set up dream final with Hendry

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 03 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 03 April, 2005, 12:00am

China's Ding Junhui continued his marvellous form, thrashing former world champion Ken Doherty 6-0 and setting up a dream final against Scottish great Stephen Hendry at the China Open in Beijing today.

Having defeated Hong Kong's Marco Fu Ka-chun in Friday's quarter-final, the 18-year-old from Jiangsu province went to work against 1997 world champion Doherty of Ireland to score a convincing win.

The victory delighted a capacity crowd and signalled the dawn of a new era for China snooker. The win also showed that Ding's earlier victories over Fu, Stuart Bingham and former world title holder, Peter Ebdon, were no flukes. It was the second time in two months Ding had beaten Doherty after a 6-1 win in the Rileys Club Masters at Wembley in February. Ding will have his work cut out today at Haidian Stadium as he faces seven-times world champion Hendry, who edged Scotland's Alan McManus 6-4 in the other semi-final. Hendry had to fight for every point before seeing off McManus and staying on course for a rare overseas double. He won the Malta Cup in February.