The Six Red World Championship is nearing the business end of proceedings with only eight players left vying for the title in Bangkok.
Three Thai competitors remain in the hunt for glory on home soil, including the under-21 world champion Boonyarit Kaettikun – who has already beaten Michael Holt and Ryan Day in the knockout phase.
Kaettikun faces compatriot Thepchaiya Un-Nooh for a semi-final berth on Friday, while Noppon Saengkham is also in the top half of the draw and will face Joe Perry.
The bottom half of the draw is dominated by players more associated with featuring in the final stages of main tour snooker tournaments.
World no.1 Mark Selby has enjoyed an easy passage into the last eight but meets the challenge of China’s Liang Wenbo next.
Hong Kong’s Marco Fu, who dispelled of six-red specialist Mark Davis in the last 32, and Matthew Selt will duel in the other quarter-final clash.
Defending champion Stephen Maguire also went out in the last 32, beaten by Judd Trump who in-turn was downed 6-3 by home favourite Un-Nooh.
By the end of tomorrow Saturday’s two finalists will be determined, when around €60,000 will be up for grabs for the winner.