Stuart Bingham (@1.28) vs Ken Doherty (@3.5)
28-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Stuart Bingham will win

Stuart Bingham – Ken Doherty Match Prediction | 28-08-2019 07:30

The victory also meant that Bingham, who had already finally entered the top 16 for the first time due to a quarter-final finish in the first Players Tour Championship Event, rose to a career high ranking of 11.

He defeated Jimmy White 62 in the last 64, Anthony McGill 62 in the last 32, and David Morris 61 in the last 16 to set up a quarter-final clash with O'Sullivan.[46] Even though O'Sullivan made breaks of 127 and 135 in the match, Bingham won 64 to book a semi-final place against Robertson, the furthest he had ever progressed in any Triple Crown event.[47] Robertson took a 53 lead in the first session of the semi-final, and won the first three frames of the evening session to extend his lead to 83. Bingham followed this with a strong showing at the 2013 UK Championship.

In the World Championship, Bingham played world number 83 Sam Baird in the first round, winning 102.[35] He followed this with a 1310 win over Mark Davis to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.[36] There, he faced defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who went 71 ahead after the first session and then took a 121 lead in the second session.

Doherty had an excellent start to the 2011/2012 season as he qualified for the Australian Goldfields Open, where he reached his first ranking event semi-final since 2006. He beat Mark Selby 53 in the quarter-finals, sealing the match with a clearance which he described as the best of his career.

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Bingham won the first ranking title of his career at the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open and his second ranking title at the 2014 Shanghai Masters. He followed this by winning the World Championship in 2015, which British media said "completed an astonishing transition from journeyman to king of the Crucible".[2] With that, he joined Ken Doherty as the only players to have won world titles at both amateur and professional levels.[3] He claimed a fourth ranking title by winning the 2017 Welsh Open.

He narrowly failed to achieve a maximum break when he missed a routine final black off its spot in the 15th frame of the 2000 Benson & Hedges Masters final against Matthew Stevens, which he eventually lost 108. This one pot would have seen him win an 80,000 sports car. However, his 140 break at least brought him the consolation of the 19,000 highest break prize.

However, Trump produced back-to-back centuries to force a deciding frame in which Bingham made a series of small breaks which included a superb plant along the top cushion to win 1716.[68] Facing Shaun Murphy in the final, Bingham recovered from 30 and 84 down to win 1815 and claim his first world title. Bingham made a 145, the tournament's joint-highest break, to set up a 63 advantage, before O'Sullivan led 98. Bingham met O'Sullivan for the fourth time this season in the quarter-finals of the World Championship after he had eliminated Robbie Williams 107 and Graeme Dott 135. From there, Bingham made a break of 50 or above in five successive frames to win 139.[67] He was 21 down in the early stages of his semi-final with Judd Trump, but was never behind after that as he went on to take a 1614 lead.

Doherty began the 2012/2013 season by losing 45 to Stuart Bingham in the second round of the Wuxi Classic and 35 to Martin Gould in the first round of the Australian Goldfields Open.[14] He finally compiled the first official 147 break of his career at the minor-ranking 2012 Paul Hunter Classic in Germany during a first round win against Julian Treiber.[15] He went on to reach the quarter-finals of the event, losing 04 to Mark Selby.[14] Doherty was defeated in qualifying for the Shanghai Masters and the UK Championship and failed to advance beyond the wildcard round of the International Championship.[14] At the fifth European Tour Event, the Scottish Open, he saw off the likes of Luca Brecel and Ryan Day to reach the semi-finals where he lost 24 against Ding Junhui.[16] Doherty was eliminated in the first round of the German Masters by Peter Lines, but then had his best run of the season at the Welsh Open.[14] He beat four-time world champion John Higgins 41 and Tom Ford 43 to make it through to the quarter-finals.[17][18] He led Stuart Bingham 20, but a series of missed pots saw Doherty lose his confidence and he went on to lose 35.[19] His aforementioned run to the semi-finals of the Scottish Open helped him finish 16th on the PTC Order of Merit to qualify as one of the top 26 players for the Finals, but he lost 24 to Kurt Maflin in the first round.[20] Doherty almost pulled off one of his trademark comebacks against Matthew Selt in the final round of World Championship qualifying as from 49 down he levelled at 99, but lost the deciding frame.[21] The result meant that this was the first season where Doherty had not featured in any of snooker's Triple Crown events.