Ding strolls to Beijing semi

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DING Junhui remains on course to win his second ranking title of the season at the £75,000 Bank of Beijing China Open.

Sheffield-based Chinese cueman Ding impressed with a 5-2 quarter-final victory over Ali Carter.

The former UK and Masters champion will face either Neil Robertson or Peter Ebdon - both former world champions - in the semi-final.

Triple world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan lost on a re-spotted final black in a dramatic 5-4 final frame defeat to Scotland’s Stephen Maguire, who faces Stephen Lee in the first of today’s semis.