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Day Ends Ding in Daqing

Home favourite Ding Junhui suffered a crushing deciding-frame defeat at the hands of Ryan Day in the last 32 of the International Championship.

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Day opened strong with break of 71 to take the early lead, but it was Ding, who last week ended his trophy drought by winning the Haining Open, won the next two frames with breaks of 64 and 74 to go 2-1 up.

Day took the fourth frame to level, but Ding again laid down strong breaks of 72 and 50 to regain the lead at 4-2.

A century from Day and the following frame meant the pair were again tied at 4-4.

Not having fallen behind since the opener, Ding pulled away again to lead 5-4, before Day levelled to forced a decider.

The final frame saw Ding miss a crucial red at 29-27, with Day punishing China’s number one to eventually take the frame 68-29, and with it a place in the last 16.

“It was a close match,” said Day after the match. “I enjoyed playing. Luckily for me, he gave me one more chance than I gave him, and I was able to get over the line. It seems lots of times that Ding and I play each other, it’s very close. We seem to match each others’ game quite well.”

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World number one Mark Selby looked to be in great form in Daqing after he sent Anthony McGill crashing out of the International Championship on day three. Breaks of 90 and 57 led Selby to take control in the first 2 frames, before McGill pulled one back at 2-1. Selby then powered on to win the next 4 frames with a final clearance of 115 to seal a 6-1 victory and and earn him a place in the next round.

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Shaun Murphy comfortably saw off any chance of a comeback from Jamie Jones in the last 32, Jones recovering from 3-1 down to trail 3-2 before the Magician laid down big consecutive breaks of 78, 78 and a final 83 to secure a 6-2 win.

Neil Robertson also takes his place in the next round after beating beat Fergal O’Brien 6-3 on the TV table with help from breaks of 65, 64, 58 and a final 84.

Last year’s International Championship runner up Mark Allen beat Kyren Wilson in their first meeting since the Shanghai semi finals, as the Antrim man earned himself a place in the last 16 with a 6-3 win.  Allen complied breaks of 59 and 126 on his way to 3-1 up, as Wilson recovered in the 5th to trail 3-2. Breaks of 50 and 70 then helped Allen to 5-2 up. Wilson replied with 68 in the 8th frame, but it was Allen who took the 9th frame, and with it a slot in the last 16.

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh continued on his strong run this season after beating world number 14 Mark Williams to reach the next round in Daqing. Un-Nooh, who won the 6 Red World Championship and reached the quarter finals at the Haining Open earlier this month, came from 4-2 down against the Welshman to draw at 4-4, then at 5-4 down made consecutive breaks of 76 and 68 to edge out the win.

China’s 17 year old prodigy Zhou Yuelong reached the last 16 of a major ranking tournament for the first time following a whitewash over Sanderson Lam. Zhou, who won this year’s Snooker World Cup alongside Yan Bingtao, laid down a sensational performance in the last 32 with consecutive breaks of 74, 76, 65, 75 and a final 138 to stun Lam and seal the 6-0 triumph.

Michael Holt suffered a painful exit at the hands of John Higgins in the last 32, with Holt losing control of a 3-1 lead as Higgins went on to stun the Hitman by winning 5 consecutive frames with top breaks of 103 and 113 to win 6-3.

Jimmy Robertson reaches the last 16 of a full ranking event for the first time after he saw off a great effort from Barry Hawkins. Robertson got off to a great start, opening with a 3-0 lead, before Hawkins pulled it back to trail 3-2. Robertson pulled away again with an 88 to lead 4-2, but Hawkins again closed in, this time taking it to 4-4. However it was Robertson who again regained the lead, winning the next 2 frames finishing with 58 to secure the win.

Joe Perry opened up an early 3-0 lead against Dominic Dale with breaks of 55 and 98, before Dale took the 4th to trail 3-1. Perry pushed on to extend his lead to 5-1, before the match saw off an impressive comeback from Dale as he went on to trail 5-3, but it was Perry who took a tight 9th frame with 51 to clinch the victory into the last 16.