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Summary

  1. 19:00 BST John Higgins (Sco) 5-3 Barry Hawkins (Eng) after first session
  2. Earlier: Mark Selby (Eng) 3-5 Ding Junhui (Chn) after first session
  3. Semi-finals (best of 33 frames)

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How Ding made it to the semi-finals...

China's Ding Junhui beat five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 13-10 in the quarter-finals to set up the meeting with Mark Selby - the man who beat him in last years final. 

Read more on how he reached the semis and watch five of the best shots from his victory here

How Selby made it to the semi-finals...

Mark Selby twice hit tournament high breaks to crush Marco Fu 13-3 and reach the semi-finals with a session to spare.  

Stephen Hendry referred to Selby's 143, which you can watch below, as "one of the best he's ever seen". 

Snooker Championship 2017: Key moments as Selby makes 143 break against Fu

Snooker: Selby and Ding level at interval

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Leicester cueman Mark Selby and Ding Junhui are all-square at the mid-session interval, winning two frames apiece.

Keep up to date with the match here.

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Ding Junhui in action at the Crucible

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BBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Ding Junhui leads reigning champion Mark Selby 5-3 after an intriguing start to their World Championship semi-final.

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World Snooker Championship 2017: Ding takes 5-3 lead over Mark Selby in semi
An "amazing" foul by Mark Selby gifts Ding Jinhui the chance to make a century break and take a 5-3 lead in their World Championship semi-final.

How Higgins made it to the semi-finals...

John Higgins made the semi-finals with a comprehensive 13-6 victory over Kyren Wilson.

You catch up with some of the best action below, and read more about his win here

World Snooker Championship 2017: John Higgns beats Kyren Wilson 13-6 in quarter final

How Hawkins made it to the semi-finals...

Barry Hawkins made the semi-finals with a 13-9 victory over Scot Stephen Maguire.

Watch some of the best action below and read how Hawkins admits he needs to up his game if he's got any chance of reaching the final here

Best 5 shots as Hawkins into semi-final

Catch up with the afternoon's action...

Ding Junhui scored five half-centuries and a ton and showed his growing matchplay maturity to lead reigning champion Mark Selby 5-3 after an intriguing start to their World Championship semi-final.  

Read more and watch some of the best action here

World Snooker Championship 2017: Ding takes 5-3 lead over Mark Selby in semi

Today's schedule

Semi-finals, day one

13:00 BST Mark Selby (Eng) v Ding Junhui (Chn)

19:00 BST John Higgins (Sco) v Barry Hawkins (Eng)

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Where and when is the 2017 World Snooker Championship taking place?

The event takes place from 15 April – 1 May at the Crucible in Sheffield.    

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