Simon Whitlock has shown that the form that was developing again on the floor and the Euro Tour wasn’t just a flash in the pan. The Aussie former major winner will be bidding for his second major title if he can get past the now tournament favourite Mensur Suljovic and after his straight sets win over Benito van de Pas he spoke about his tactics against the Dutchman as well as tonight’s game.

“I felt relaxed today,” admitted Whitlock, who will be appearing in his first TV ranking semi-final since the 2014 World Matchplay on Friday night.

“I like Benito, we’re good friends on the tour but I had a job to do and I won.

“I watched his game last night and that probably made me more focused because he played an amazing game and I had to pick my game up, but I won the match and I’m really happy.

“I’m in the semis now and we’ll see what happens tomorrow – I’ll be focused and ready.”

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