Ding Junhui’s emphatic 10-1 victory over Ross Muir on Monday put him into the final qualifying round of the Betfred World Championship.
Ding dropped out of the top 16 after the China Open, leaving him needing to win three matches at Ponds Forge in Sheffield to earn a place at the nearby Crucible. He has safely negotiated two of those rounds and now faces Nigel Bond in the third on Tuesday and Wednesday.
China’s Ding fired breaks of 82, 73, 61,67 and 106 during a fine display against Muir.
Peter Ebdon made a remarkable come back against Gerard Greene, overturning a 9-3 deficit to win 10-9 in a match which finished at 2am. Ebdon won the deciding frame by potting green, brown and blue.
Anthony McGill, a quarter-finalist at the Crucible last year, edged out Craig Steadman 10-9 in a thrilling finish. Steadman came from 9-5 down to 9-9, only for Scotland’s McGll to win the deciding frame 63-30. He’ll now face Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
Ken Doherty, the 1997 World Champion, scored a 10-7 victory over Hossein Vafaei Ayouri with a top break of 96.
Belgium’s Luca Brecel let slip an 8-5 lead as he was beaten 10-8 by Liam Highfield.
Jack Lisowski fired runs of 120, 107 and 103 in a 10-5 defeat of Rory McLeod while China’s Zhang Anda saw off Mark Davis by the same scoreline.
Two-time Crucible finalist Matthew Stevens thrashed Zhang Yong 10-3 while Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng top scored with 121 in a 10-5 win over Robin Hill.