Ding fights back to win quarterfinal berth at snooker worlds

14:20, April 26, 2011      

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Chinese star Ding Junhui came from 12-9 down to win four frames in a row against Stuart Bingham of England, reaching the quarterfinals at the Snooker World Championships for the first time on Monday.

Ding, trailing at 7-9 after the first two sessions, won the first frame Monday night, but couldn't stop his opponent to take the next two frames with both sensational shots and luck.

It was top quality snooker as Ding made an 88 then Bingham a 134 to make it 12-9 and a cool-headed Ding finally managed to edge the 35-year-old Bigham by winning the last four frames.

"When he led in 12-9, you could tell that he got much more pressure," said Ding. "He began playing more cautiously and less relaxedly while I was just trying to focus on every ball without thinking about the result."

Ding failed to pass the second round in the last three World Championships, but made a breakthrough this time with determination.

"I still believed I could win even if I was 12-9 behind. I told myself anything can happen and I just need to win four frames," said Ding.

The world No. 4 will face Mark Selby in the quarterfinals as the world No. 3 comfortably won the opening frame of the last session with seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry on Monday, which was enough for him to grab a quarterfinal place in 13-4.

The three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan set up a clash with world No. 1 John Higgins after beating Shaun Murphy 13-10, while Higgins defeated Rory Mcleod 13-7.

Source: Xinhua
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