Welsh Open: Woollaston beats Williams to set up Higgins final

Ben Woollaston
Woollaston is ranked 36th in the world

England's Ben Woollaston is through to his first ranking event final after edging out home favourite Mark Williams 6-5 at the Welsh Open in Cardiff.

Woollaston recovered from letting a 5-3 lead slip to win the decider and will face three-time winner John Higgins in Sunday's final.

Scot Higgins beat Belgian teen Luca Brecel 6-4 in the first semi-final.

"It feels amazing," said Woollaston. "I should have definitely won 6-4 but just tried my hardest in the final frame."

The 27-year-old from Leicester is ranked 36th in the world.

Higgins, 39, made three century breaks and survived a mid-match fightback from 19-year-old Brecel, who won three frames in a row from 2-0 down in his first ranking semi-final.

"He reminds me of Judd Trump when he first came on the scene," said Higgins. "He's got an unbelievable talent."

The four-time world champion also said the conditions in the venue had improved, following criticism from Ronnie O'Sullivan earlier in the tournament.

"The conditions were a lot better, and they recovered the table overnight," he said.

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