WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND

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-WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND 

– World Snooker 2016: Ding Junhui conquers Martin Gould after a brilliant comeback

– Ding Junhui now faces either fellow countryman Liang Wenbo or Judd Trump in the last 16.

 

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND
Ding Junhui

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND

At the ongoing world snooker championship, Ding Junhui has progressed to the second round of the tournament.

The Chinese superstar held off a gutsy Martin Gould fight back to win a nervous match 10-8 and progress to the second round of the World Championship.

Ding, who had to qualify after dropping out of the world’s top 16, controlled early on but only led 5-4 after a electrifying first session.

Gould scored a superb ton to end the session and then went 8-6 up. But Ding, who scored three centuries and seven further breaks of 50 or more, rattled off four frames to win.

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND

“After he fought back I had some pressure on me,” said 11-time position event winner Ding. “But at 8-6 down I just thought, ‘go for everything'”.

Ding now will face either Judd Trump or fellow countryman Liang Wenbo in the last 16.

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND
Judd Trump

World number five Trump – the second highest seed left in the tournament – trails UK Championship finalist Liang 6-3 after their afternoon session.

Rising star Kyren Wilson leads tenth seed Joe Perry after fighting back from 4-2 down with three consecutive breaks of 50-plus, including a score of 89 where he was on course for a 147.

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Elsewhere, world number seven Mark Allen and 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins earlier both booked their place in the last 16 in contrasting style.

Northern Irishman Allen led debutant Mitchell Mann 6-3 overnight and won four frames without reply, while Hawkins described much of his performance as “awful” despite seeing off China’s Zhang Anda 10-5.

WORLD SNOOKER 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP: DING REACHES SECOND ROUND