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Carter Battles to Hong Kong Semis on Return

Mark Davis is still on course to defend the General Cup after placing top of his group in Hong Kong.

Carter was diagnosed with lung cancer in May - photo courtesy of Tommy Tanaka, referee and assistant TD.

Carter was diagnosed with lung cancer in May – photo courtesy of Tommy Tanaka, referee and assistant TD.

Shaun Murphy, though, will be the favourite after the recent Bulgarian Open champion continued his good form by reaching the semi-finals undefeated following the round-robin stage.

Murphy will take on fellow Englishman Joe Perry, who narrowly overcame Jimmy White 4-3 in a winner-took-all contest on Thursday.

2013 champion Davis, meanwhile, will come up against the returning Ali Carter.

Carter hadn’t played competitive snooker since the World Championship in Sheffield having endured a second battle with cancer over the course of the summer.

Thankfully, the two-time Crucible runner-up appears to be on the mend again and it was fantastic to see him back in action on the baize.

The 35 year-old lost to Murphy but enjoyed a brace of wins over Marco Fu and Liang Wenbo.

The semi-finals take place today with the final to be played over the best of 13 frames on Saturday at the General Snooker Club.

Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.