2002 world champion Peter Ebdon looks to revive his top 16 chances by reaching the final (credit: Top 147.com/ World Snooker)
Local hero Ding Junhui looks to reach a major final on home soil but must see off former world champion Peter Ebdon this afternoon.
Ding has made up for a number of below-par performances in his home nation this season which have seen him suffer early exits by reaching and will be out to thrill an expectant crowd by booking his place in Sunday's final.
Ebdon has proved the surprise package of this year's event, reaching this stage on the back of a poor season which has seen him drop down the world rankings.
The veteran cueist will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his World Championship win next month and will be out to prove he has a lot more to offer by lifting the trophy this weekend.
Ebdon has defeated an array of top players to reach this stage, including Matthew Stevens, world champion John Higgins and Masters Champion John Higgins.
The match will provide a clash of styles as the largely attacking Ding comes up against a renowned methodical player in 'The Force'.
The duo have met seven times in previous major competition, with Ding dominating the head-to-head with six wins including 5-2 in the Quarter-Finals of this event two years ago.
Stephen Maguire awaits the winner in tomorrow's final after he defeated Stephen Lee 6-2 in the opening Semi-Final earlier.
The match begins at 12.30pm GMT and will be streamed live over the best of 11 frames from the Beijing University students gymnasium, China.