Northern Ireland Open snooker: Full semi-final schedule and order of play

Northern Ireland Open snooker opening rounds have been taking place all week. With some of the biggest names in snooker still in the competition, Express Sport brings you all of the latest fixtures from the semi-finals.

Snooker fans could still see another Judd Trump vs Ronnie O’Sullivan final, with both competitors still in with a chance of the Alex Higgins trophy.

Trump beat 25th-seed Scott Donaldson in this year’s quarter-finals.

It means that he’s set up a semi-final against 65th-seed David Grace.

Elsewhere, O’Sullivan has cruised through the semi-finals, after beating 10th-seed Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals.

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He also overcame 15th-seed Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the fourth round of this year’s tournament.

If Trump and O’Sullivan were to meet in the Northern Ireland Open final, it would be the third year in a row that the duo have collided at the very last stage.

On both previous occasions, Trump has came out on top with 9-7 victories.

But this is the first year that the competition has been held outside of Belfast – owing to the coronavirus – and O’Sullivan may hope that a change of scenery works in his favour.

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What are the semi-final fixtures?

Judd Trump will be England’s David Grace in the first tie of the round.

Trump hasn’t lost a match in the Northern Ireland Open since 2017.

Meanwhile, 20th-seed Brit Allister Carter will be taking on Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Carter has only ever reached the fourth-round of the competition before.

The ties will be played on Saturday November 21, ahead of the final on the following day.

Trump has claimed that he is playing “near enough faultless snooker” earlier in the week.

He made a 147 during his second-round tie against Gao Yang.

Trump also admitted that the competition hasn’t dampened in the absence of the crowd.

“It’s always special, even if with no crowd,” said Trump.

“I was very nervous and it’s exciting to make, you know that everyone is at home willing you on.

“It’s special for me, it’s only my fifth one I think, and whenever you make them on TV, it’s always that extra bit special.

“It was an all-round near-perfect game for me today, I played really well.”

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