World Seniors semi-finals
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Jimmy White into World Seniors Championship Semi-Finals

The Whirlwind is on a ten-match winning streak in the tournament.

Jimmy White beat Darren Morgan 4-1 to reach the World Seniors Championship semi-finals on Saturday at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

The reigning champion is on course for a third world seniors title on the trot and a fourth overall after overcoming the Welshman in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggests.

After losing the opening frame Morgan equalised with a terrific tournament-high break of 134, and the 2011 world seniors champion looked set to take the lead in the third frame only for White to snatch it by a point on the final black.

The latter subsequently stole a close fourth frame in similar fashion and duly wrapped up the victory in the next – ending the contest with a pot success rate of almost 91%.

White will face Igor Figueiredo in the World Seniors Championship semi-finals after the Brazilian outplayed Stephen Hendry earlier in the day to secure another 4-1 success.

Hendry, whose wait for a maiden title at this level goes on, started brightly with a contribution of 76, but Figueiredo dominated from then on and compiled breaks of 100, 68, and 61 to oust the seven-time world champion.

On the other side of the draw, David Lilley ended the hopes of last year’s runner-up Ken Doherty with a nail-biting 4-3 victory.

Doherty fought back from behind to force a deciding frame, but Lilley held his nerve in the last moments and made a 69 to advance to the last four where he’ll face Patrick Wallace.

The Northern Irishman, the last remaining amateur in the draw who doesn’t still compete on the Main Tour, recorded a 4-2 triumph against Barry Pinches.

The World Seniors Championship semi-finals take place on Sunday afternoon over the best of seven frames, with the nine-frame final scheduled for 7pm at the Crucible Theatre.

Live coverage is on the BBC’s digital platforms with selected matches expected to be shown on the Red Button, while fans in most other regions will be able to watch on Matchroom.Live via a subscription.

World Seniors Snooker Championship Draw

Jimmy White vs Igor Figueiredo

Patrick Wallace vs David Lilley

Click here to view the full draw.

Featured photo credit: WSS

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