Doherty progresses into Australian semi-finals

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Updated: July 22, 2011

Ken Doherty has made it through to the semifinals of the Australian Goldfields Open after defeating England’s Mark Selby 5-3

The 41-year-old looked to be on his way out of the tournament yesterday after he trailed 4-1 however a break of 47 in the 6th game reinvigorated the Dubliner and he followed that up with two scrappy frames to level the match.

It was a lot different today, Doherty easily beat Mark Selby by taking an early 4-1 lead to out a 5-3 winner.

After the match, former World Champion Doherty said on worldsnooker.com: “I felt like packing it in at one stage when I never qualified for the Crucible (in 2009).

“I was in qualifying tournaments and only won one match all season and I thought it was the end of the road.

“To be honest I haven’t got a clue what I would’ve done but I would’ve still been involved in snooker.

“Now I have a bit more self confidence and I know I can compete ok but I’m not as consistent as I was.

“I have my Australian family here cheering me on and my son Christian watching me in the front row.

“The game is so psychological and if you have the mindset right and body relaxed that will help you play well.”

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen is also into the last eight thanks to a straight forward 5-1 win over Scotland’s Marcus Campbell.

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