Two former world champions are out of the tournament. John Higgins and his compatriot Graeme Dott lost in the second round match to Ding Junhui and Stuart Bingham respectively.
Stuart Bingham storms into the World Snooker Championship quarter-final after defeating former world champion Scotsman Graeme Dott. Bingham will face the match winner between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Matthew Stevens.
Bingham resumed with a comfortable 11-5 lead after the second session. He scored a 104 break in frame 18 to complete a fantastic 13-5 victory over the 2006 world champion and book his spot with the last 8 players at The Crucible.
“To beat someone of Graeme’s level 13-5 at the Crucible is an unbelievable feeling,” said Bingham after the match.
“Before I went out I felt the nerves kicked in. Then I made a good break in the first frame and a sort of calmness came over me, and that carried on throughout the match. I matched him in every aspect of the game and outscored him.”
China’s Ding Junhui beat four-time world champion John Higgins 13-9 at The Crucible to reach the World Snooker Championship quarter-final.
Ding resumed with a 9-7 lead after the second session. With breaks of 63, 89 and 54 he won four of the last three six frames of the match to reach a 13-9 victory.
Higgins was 5-1 up at one stage of the match. He looked like a strong candidate for the title at that point – but he couldn’t match Ding’s top snooker form.
“When I was 1-5 down” said Ding “I was just thinking about getting one frame by one and to wait. It’s good to lead but you can be behind and win.”
“I played good, scored heavy and won some big frames and put John under some pressure.”
He added: “Hopefully, I’m going to win the championship. I believe I can win it. I can win any tournament, I’m not really worried about it.”
Barry Hawkins faced Mark Allen in the World Snooker Championship last 16 stage, Allen lead throughout most of the match and at some stage of the was only two frames away from a victory leading 11-8.
The 2013 runner-up won five consecutive frames performing his best snooker including a 102 century, to achieve an impressive comeback and a fantastic victory over Allen.
Hawkins met five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan at the 2013 final and lost 18-12, in last’s year championship he met O’Sullivan again at the semi-final and lost 17-7.
Five-time world champion The Rocket, Ronnie O’Sullivan recovered from a poor start coming from 0-2 to win 5-3 the first session of the last 16 against The Welsh Dragon, Matthew Stevens.
The 2010 world champion, Neil Robertson, leads his second round match against The Captain Ali Carter 6-2 after the first session.