Shanghai Masters: Michael Holt run ended by Xiao Guodong
Last Updated: 22/09/13 8:54am
Michael Holt: Nottingham potter's hopes of a maiden world ranking title were ended by Xiao Guodong
Michael Holt's first appearance in the semi-finals of a ranking event ended in disappointment as he lost 6-3 to home favourite Xiao Guodong in the Shanghai Masters.
The 35-year-old from Nottingham, who has been a professional since 1996, recovered from 3-1 down to get back on level terms but then saw Xiao turn on the style to book a place in Sunday's final.
After the first two frames were shared without a break over 50, Xiao moved in front with a break of 64 in the third frame and 96 in the next.
Holt must have been fearing the worst but bounced back in style with a century (113) to reduce the deficit and a run of 65 meant the match was still in the balance at 3-3.
However, Xiao then rattled in a break of 111 to reclaim the lead and after winning a tight eighth frame as well, the Chinese star completed the win in fitting style with a superb 127.
That meant an all-Chinese final remains a possibility with Ding Junhui taking on World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins in the second semi-final.