Ebdon sees off home favourite Ding to set up China Open final against Maguire
17:15 GMT, 31 March 2012
Qualifier Peter Ebdon came from 3-1 down to beat Ding Junhui and book his place in the final of the China Open.
Ding looked set to delight his legion of fans in Beijing when he led by two frames at the mid-session interval, but Ebdon reeled off the next five in succession to set up a clash with Scotland's Stephen Maguire.
Upset: Peter Ebdon dispatched home favourite Ding to set up a final clash with Stephen Maguire
After winning the first frame after the interval, a break of 69 saw Ebdon level the scores at 3-3 before an epic seventh frame which lasted 37 minutes.
With just the last three colours remaining, Ding missed a straightforward blue to the middle while trying to force position on the pink, which was near the yellow pocket.
Ebdon potted the blue and then brilliantly cut the pink in from a narrow angle, while still managing to get position on the black on its spot.
The former world champion then compiled a break of 68 in the next frame which was ultimately enough to win it, before sealing victory with runs of 64 and 58 to win the ninth frame 127-0.
Earlier in the day, Maguire beat Stephen Lee 6-2 by taking the last four frames in a row.
The Scot sealed the win after his opponent had battled back from 2-0 down to level the scores.
But Maguire, who only edged past Ronnie O'Sullivan on a respotted black in the final frame in the last round, had six breaks over 50.
Easy does it: Stephen Maguire beat Stephen Lee in Beijing
Maguire, who won this tournament in 2008 and was the 2004 UK champion, started the better, taking the first frame with a 76 break and then edging a scrappy second as he punished Lee for not taking his chances.
Lee beat reigning champion Judd Trump in the last eight and the 37-year-old battled his way back into the contest.
He won the third frame on the back of a 67 and then drew level, breaks of 47 and 39 enough to see him over the line.
But he simply had no answer to Maguire after the mid-session interval as the 31-year-old raced away with the match
The Scot knocked in a 51 and a 53 to restore his lead and from there just continued to up his game.
He rattled in breaks of 66 and 71 to take the match away from Lee before saving the best till last, a run of 91 handing him victory in emphatic fashion.