Williams aims to end title drought

25 November 2017 20:48:30 GMTPlus11

Mark Williams has a great opportunity to win the Northern Ireland Open after easing to a 5-1 quarter-final victory against Mike Dunn.

The Welshman has failed to win a title since his success at the 2011 German Masters but he is the only current top-16 player left in the tournament.

Williams said after his victory: "I've been into the quarter-finals a couple of times recently and the draw has opened up, but then I ended up getting beaten.

"I don't look at it like that. It would be nice to win one. I'll just try my best and, if I win, great, if not then no problem.

"It's the first time in a long time I've been favourite. I don't remember what that feeling is like. Let's see what happens at the weekend."

Elsewhere, Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao edged a thrilling quarter-final in Belfast against Robert Milkins 5-4. Yan now faces compatriot Lyu Haotian, who edged a tight last-eight clash with Tian Pengfei 5-4.

Elliot Slessor, who knocked Ronnie O'Sullivan out of the tournament earlier in the week, will play Williams in the semi-finals after defeating Li Yuan 5-4.

Williams is 8/13 to win the Northern Ireland Open outright and 1/6 to beat Slessor on Saturday.

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