Northern Ireland Open: Holder Trump eases past Hamilton to reach semi-finals

Judd Trump
Judd Trump is defending the NI Open title he won by beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in last year's final

Defending champion Judd Trump eased past Anthony Hamilton 5-1 to reach the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

World number one Trump won the first frame with a 106 break and added the next, before Hamilton pulled one back.

Trump then reeled off the next three frames, rounding off his victory with a break of 105 in the final frame.

The world champion will play John Higgins in Saturday's semi-finals after the Scot beat Mark Selby 5-4.

Having won the English Open, three-time world champion Selby's exit denies him the chance of collecting the £1m bonus on offer for winning all four Home Nations tournaments - the Scottish Open still to come in December and the Welsh Open in February.

A repeat of last year's final remains on the cards after Ronnie O'Sullivan marched into the last four with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Shaun Murphy.

The five-time world champion will face Joe Perry, who rallied from 3-1 down to beat Alexander Ursenbacher 5-3.

Trump saw off O'Sullivan 9-7 in last year's final and the two could meet again in this year's decider.

The reigning world champion has already won two events this season - the International Championship and the World Open - and he was also a beaten finalist in last week's Champion of Champions in Coventry.

The winner of Sunday's final will collect £70,000 and The Alex Higgins Trophy.

Northern Ireland Open quarter-finals
Judd Trump5-1Anthony Hamilton
Joe Perry5-3Alexander Ursenbacher
Shaun Murphy1-5Ronnie O'Sullivan
Mark Selby4-5John Higgins

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