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Figueiredo produces clinical display to overcome Drago in World Seniors semi-finals

Tony Drago’s run at the World Seniors Championship came to an end as the Maltese veteran player was beaten by Brazilian player Igor Figueiredo 4-1 in the semi-final at the Crucible Theatre on Saturday.

The Maltese snooker player was looking to go one better than last season when he was ousted by eventual winner Jimmy White 4-1 at the same stage.

However, Drago found in front of him an inspired Figueiredo who played some exceptional snooker, particularly in the second part of the match, giving little opportunity to the Maltese player to turn the match in his favour.

Figueiredo won a tight opening frame but Drago produced the right response in the second frame when he compiled a run of 69 but missed a black to give the Brazilian the chance to get back in contention.

However, the Brazilian’s fightback stalled on 31 points, as Drago went on to clear the table and level the match.

But Figueiredo suddenly clicked into top top gear and took the third frame with a run of 57.

The fourth and fifth frames were a one-sided affair, as Figueiredo compiled back-to-back centuries to seal an impressive victory.

In the final, Figueiredo will face the winner of the other semi-final between Ken Doherty and Barry Pinches.

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