Mark Allen beat Ding Junhui 6-0 to win his first professional title, the Jiangsu Classic, in China last summer.
However, since then Ding has landed the UK Championship crown and has played very well in Beijing this week.
Roared on by a large partisan crowd, he is edging closer to repeating his 2005 China Open success.
There would be no more popular victory in China, but Allen enjoys the big occasion and has what it takes to spoil the party.
Mark Williams has evoked memories of his early 2000s peak in reaching the semi-finals but will have to play well again to see off Ali Carter, Mr. Consistency over the last two years.
Carter has moved through to the last four in a quiet, unfussy manner. It’s his seventh ranking event semi-final appearance from the last seven tournaments.
Williams, though, has always enjoyed tournaments contested outside of British shores.
He has won five of his 16 ranking titles in Asia, including two China Opens.
Ding v Williams looks the most likely final based on what we’ve seen so far this week.