English duo square off for World Games gold


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Ali Carter and Kyren Wilson justified their status as the top two seeds at the World Games snooker event in Wroclaw as they booked their slots in the gold medal match.

The English pair will contest the final match having come through their semi-finals in relatively straightforward fashion.

World number 13 Carter needed barely an hour to defeat world under-21 champion Xu Si.

Breaks of breaks of 63, 61 and 52 ensured smooth progress for the two-time World Championship finalist.

Carter will fancy his chances in the decider against Wilson, having displayed strong form throughout the competition with six breaks over 50, including a tournament high 136 on the opening day.

Fellow top-16 player Wilson will provide a formidable challenge in the final after he added the scalp of Iran’s Soheil Vahedi to those of Andres Petrov and Michael Judge, compiling a top break of 91 as he did.

Reigning IBSF world champion Vahedi gained some level of compensation when he defeated Si 3-2 in the third/fourth place play-off to win the bronze medal at the World Games.

Xu will be left scratching his head, having scored the heavier of the two with impressive breaks of 83 and 83, but Soheil won the remaining three frames to claim victory in their best-of-five encounter.

Carter, who lost World Championship finals at the Crucible Theatre to Ronnie O’Sullivan in 2008 and 2012, will tackle Wilson, ranked two places above him in 11th, in Sunday’s decider.

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