Jeff Smith booked his second semi final place in two years with a routine victory over Cambridgeshire based player Dennis Harbour. Early on it looked like an upset could be on the cards as 10 years on from his Lakeside debut, Harbour took a 2 set. Clearly flustered by his dreadful start, Smith retuned from the interval a man on a mission in this race to five sets.
Smith slowed down the tempo and managed to drag himself back in to the match and equalise in sets. Harbour bemused of where his scintillating scoring had disappeared to, sped up and allowed the Canadian to dominate the next ten legs. It much be mentioned, since the break, Smith won every single leg! The Isle of Man open champion managed to stop the rot eventually, but by then it was too late. Smith was two sets to the good and fully in control. He had learnt from last years semi final annihilation and was now within reach of the final, which many of fans from over the pond, believe he can obta