World number one John Higgins will face Jamie Cope in the final of the Hainan Classic in Boao, China.

Three-times world champion Higgins booked his place in the best of 13 match worth £40,000 to the winner by beating Ali Carter 5-3.

The match was delicately poised over the opening stages with the players sharing the opening six frames.

A mistake from Higgins in the seventh opened the door for Carter to move ahead, but the Englishman failed to punish his opponent and Higgins got back in to win the frame.

And Higgins followed up with a break of 72 in the next to secure his spot in the final.

His opponent was confirmed as Cope in Saturday’s second semi-final when the world number 14 beat Graeme Dott 5-1.

The Stoke potter registered a break of 142 en route to victory over the former world champion, beating Dott’s previous record in the tournament by a point while also chalking up the 100th century of his career.

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