Snooker World Championship: Ding Junhui first Asian in final

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    Ding Junhui reaches first World final

    China’s Ding Junhui became the first Asian player to reach the World Championship final with a 17-11 victory over Scotland’s Alan McManus.

    The qualifier took three of the four frames played on Saturday and his seven century breaks was a record for the most centuries in a Crucible match.

    He beat the record held by Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry.

    In the other semi-final, world number one Mark Selby beat Hong Kong’s Marco Fu 17-15.

    That match featured the longest frame in Crucible history and delayed the Ding-McManus encounter by 37 minutes.

    But the 29-year-old from China wasted little time extending his overnight lead from 14-10.

    World number 17 Ding shared the first two frames with his fellow qualifier McManus – at 45 the oldest player to play in a Crucible semi-final since Ray Reardon in 1985.

    He moved to within a frame of victory with the 10th ton scored in the match, which also further extended the record for most centuries in a World Championship game.

    And he wrapped his seventh

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