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Kilkenny's David Morris bows out of the Wuxi Classic

Updated: Friday, 21 Jun 2013 17:15 | Comments

Matthew Stevens got the better of David Morris at the Wuxi Classic
Matthew Stevens got the better of David Morris at the Wuxi Classic

David Morris bowed out of the Wuxi Classic at the quarter-final stage, losing 5-2 to Wales' Matthew Stevens in China.

The Kilkenny cueist had beaten Ali Carter in the last 16 and led 2-1 against Stevens, but the Welshman hit back with breaks of 50, 48, 40 and 61 to claim victory.

Morris leaves the tournament with a cheque for £11,500 and with his reputation seriously enhanced.

Stevens will now face four-time world champion John Higgins in the semi-final.

Higgins beat Joe Perry 5-2, surging into a dominant 4-1 lead helped by breaks of 97, 50 and 61.

Perry hit back with a 70 but his Scottish opponent would not be stopped and won a close seventh frame.

World number one Neil Robertson will take on Robert Milkins in the other semi-final.

Robertson had anything but an easy progression into the final four as he defeated home favourite Cao Yupeng, who he later said could be "the new Ding Junhui", 5-4.

The 2010 world champion had to come from 4-3 down to progress against the 22-year-old from Guangzhou, levelling with a break of 87 before two contributions in the 40s won him the decider.

Meanwhile Milkins book his place the final four after he came through a quarter-final with Anthony Hamilton.

Milkins showed his intent from the first frame when he fired a break of 120 and moved to a 4-1 lead before Hamilton pulled back two to gain a foothold in the match at 4-3.

Milkins, who is currently ranked 18 in world, saw off the challenge of the Nottingham-born potter with a 53 break to win 5-3.

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