Redcar snooker star records biggest win of his career to reach China Open last four

The Northern Echo: BIG WIN: Mike Dunn beat Mark Selby in the quarter-finals of the China Open BIG WIN: Mike Dunn beat Mark Selby in the quarter-finals of the China Open

REDCAR'S Mike Dunn claimed the biggest win of his snooker career this afternoon as he stunned world number two Mark Selby to reach the China Open semi-finals.

The 42-year-old veteran, ranked a lowly 73rd in the world, beat Selby 5-3 in Beijing and will tackle home favourite Ding Junhui tomorrow for a place in the tournament's showpiece match.

Journeyman Dunn thought about quitting the professional tour last season, so despondent was he to be consistently losing in the first round at low-profile events or in qualifying tournaments week after week.

But victory over Selby and a first ranking event semi-final of his 23-year career provide the justification for taking another crack at the sport.

Before the match, Dunn had said that he would not be worried if Selby thrashed him 5-0, given he was delighted to have already come so far.

But now the North-Easterner, who is already guaranteed prize money of £21,000, can start dreaming about a major title.

Ding will start tomorrow's semi-final as a strong favourite, but the same was true of Selby today.

China's leading player, who beat Mark King 5-2 in his own quarter-final, is aiming to become the first player since Stephen Hendry to win five ranking titles in a season.

World number one Neil Robertson and Ali Carter will go head to head in the semi-final on the opposite side of the draw.

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