Kothari won the five-hour marathon best-of-nine frames semi-finals 69-60, 53-22, 55-64, 39-63, 55-77, 57-20, 61-29, 21-65, 65-36 for a surprise entry into the championship round and awaits the winner of the other semi-final between India No 1 Aditya Mehta and double Asian champion Yasin Merchant.
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