MIKE DUNN caused a big upset at the China Open in Beijing on Friday by knocking out world no.2 Mark Selby.
Dunn the world no.73 from Redcar, meets Ding Junhui in the semi-finals on Saturday after China’s no.1 defeated Mark King 5-2.
Dunn came to Beijing with his professional status in doubt but has now done enough to remain on tour for another season. He won two frames on the black against a well below par Selby, who was unable to take control despite sundry chances.
“Mark wasn’t at his best but this season I’ve made sure that anyone who beats me has to scrape me off the table. That has made a big difference. This could have been my last season and I wanted to give it everything, so if I fell off the tour I wouldn't regret it,” Dunn said.
Ding constructed breaks of 53, 67 and 69 to build a 3-0 lead over King, who ran 85 in the fourth and then won the fifth on the pink.
However, King was unable to make much impact on the rest of the match as Ding remained on course for a fifth ranking title this season.
“It was very difficult to control the cue ball today and we both made positional mistakes. We both tried to concentrate and I think I played OK. I scored heavier when I got chances,” Ding said.
Photographs by Monique Limbos.