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Scottish Open: John Higgins on track for maiden Edinburgh crown after holding off Tom Ford

John Higgins stayed in contention to win the Scottish Open for the first time.

The Scot, who has twice been a beaten finalist, withstood a comeback from Tom Ford to reach the semi-finals in Edinburgh.

Higgins made the perfect start, winning the opening frame with a break of 132, and he was three frames up with Ford having scored only nine points.

But the Englishman fought back to level, taking the sixth frame with a break of 99, before Higgins claimed the final two for a 5-3 victory.

In the last four, the home favourite will take on Thai Noppon Saengkham, who saw off Sanderson Lam 5-3.

Defending champion Gary Wilson eased through to the semi-finals with a 5-0 hammering of Chris Wakelin, racking up half-century breaks in every frame.

His next opponent, Zhou Yuelong, had a much tougher time, the Chinese player winning a deciding frame against Stuart Bingham for a 5-4 victory after the Englishman had recovered from 4-1 to level, including a 142 clearance in frame six.

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