Stuart Bingham to face Shaun Murphy in World Grand Prix final

World champion Stuart Bingham
Stuart Bingham had the highest break of the match with 97

World champion Stuart Bingham came from three frames down to beat fellow Englishman Joe Perry 6-5 and reach the World Grand Prix final in Llandudno.

Perry compiled 82 in the opening frame and raced 3-0 ahead but Bingham doubled the final brown in a 58 to take the fourth before levelling at 3-3.

Bingham then won the final two frames, sealing the decider with a break of 69.

The world number two will play Shaun Murphy in Sunday's final after he beat Ding Junhui 6-3 in the evening match.

It will be a repeat of last year's World Championship final, which saw Bingham land the title for the first time with an 18-15 victory.

Bingham was always behind in a high-quality encounter against Perry, who took the seventh courtesy of a superb long pot on the deciding black, having come from 60 points behind.

Shaun Murphy
Murphy beat another Chinese player, Liang Wenbo, in the quarter-finals

A break of 97 from Bingham levelled the match again at 4-4 but Perry compiled a 53 to move within one frame of the final, only for Bingham to secure the remaining two frames without conceding a point.

"It wasn't going to plan and I just had to be patient," Bingham said. "I nicked that frame to go 3-1 - it was massive - I came in at the interval, had a chat with my manager and I went out there a bit different, a bit more determined."

The 39-year-old from Essex revealed he had been feeling unwell prior to the match and said: "I'm feeling better, still sweating up a little bit but I've been up since about four o'clock this morning. Hopefully I can have a good night's sleep and be ready for the final."

Murphy, who came from 8-2 down to beat Ding 9-8 in the 2010 Wuxi Classic final, lost the opening frame to a half-century break by the Chinese player.

World number seven Murphy took the next with a 62 and levelled again at 2-2 following a 110 which ended when he ran out of position on a red.

Ding, without a ranking title since 2013, moved ahead for a third time but Murphy reeled off four frames in succession to seal victory, including breaks of 88 and 66.

Looking ahead to another final with Bingham, Murphy said: "We're very good mates away from the table - we play a lot of golf together and we've known each other a long long time.

"The world final was one of the highest standard finals ever seen. It couldn't have been much closer and I'm hoping that here I manage to get to 10 before he does.

"I think it'll be about who makes the least unforced errors - I'd better bring my 'A' game "

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