Youth and experience make up an Anglo-Scottish last four in Hyderabad

The three final matches of the Indian Open will be played on Saturday.

Youth and experience make up an Anglo-Scottish last four in Hyderabad
Nigel Bond is one win away from his first major tournament final in 19 years (photo: Getty Images)

Two players who have been around the sport of snooker for a long time could meet in the Indian Open final, but will have to overcome talented youngsters in a pair of intriguing semi-finals as the second major ranking tournament of the year heats up. 

Experience - youth

50-year-old Nigel Bond has rolled back the years in his 350th professional tournament, bringing back memories of when he was ranked as high as fifth in the world all of 20 seasons ago. Bond saw off fellow veteran Peter Ebdon in a final frame decider in the last eight, after defeating John Astley, Sam Baird and Ricky Walden on route to the final day.

His opponent Kyren Wilson is 26 years his junior but regarded as one of the hottest prospects in snooker. Wilson has defeated the likes of Akani Songsermsawad, Martin Gould, Xiao Guodong and Martin O'Donnell, showing fighting spirit against Guodong in particular when he found himself three frames behind. 

Murphy will be seeking revenge on McGill (photo: Sporting Life)
Murphy will be seeking revenge on McGill (photo: Sporting Life)

Unfinished business 

The second semi-final sees the experienced Shaun Murphy take on another young talent in Anthony McGill. Murphy had a relatively straightforward path to the last four, but had to stop the progress of amateur David Lilley in the last round. The 40 year old had produced the shock of the tournament by defeating Robert Milkins, Mark Williams and Mike Dunn

25 year old McGill defeated Murphy in the World Championship just a few months ago and has been in fine form this week. Dropping just four frames in four matches, the Scotsman has stunned some big names including Stephen Maguire, Stuart Bingham and Matthew Selt.

World rankings would suggest that Saturday will see a Shaun Murphy against Kyren Wilson final, but the form of Anthony McGill and experience of Nigel Bond will push both favourites all the way as they seek to join Neil Robertson on one major tournament success this season.