But the momentum continued to be with Ding
, as he levelled things up in half an hour.
Liu took the opening game 11-9 only to see Ding
draw level after winning the second 11-9.
, the 2012 Welsh Open winner, is now targeting the PS60,000 first prize in today's best of 17-frame showdown after reaching his fifth major final of the season.
It earned Ding
a first prize of PS50,000, with Mehta settling for the runnersup cheque of PS25,000.
family tradition of cooking goes back several generations; his father and grandfather were chefs as well.
Hostess, the maker of Twinkies, Ding
Dongs and Wonder Bread, is going out of business.
missed a testing pink in the fourth frame to hand his opponent the chance to go three in front.
took a scrappy opening frame, before a break of 126 from Murphy made it 1-1.
Former UK and Masters champion Ding
has not won a ranking title for over two years, so it was little surprise the 24-year-old is hungry to end that long-overdue drought.
pulled 4-2 clear with an 86 and a 75 took him to the brink of victory.
Higgins appeared poised for a 4-2 victory, but he missed a pink off the rest and allowed Ding
to tie it a 3-3 before a break of 86 sealed the win.
Trump was in trouble at 10-7 behind last night but recovered and fired in back-to-back centuries to lead 12-11, before Ding
won the last frame with an 87 to draw level.