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TrumpJudd Trump and John Higgins produced comfortable last 16 wins to set up a showpiece last eight clash at the Coral English Open.

Despite a number of big names falling by the wayside, Trump faced stern opposition this evening in two-time World Champion Mark Williams. After Trump took the first frame, the Welshman looked set to level in the second. He compiled a run of 46, which included a tremendous double on the yellow, before suffering a kick on the green and allowing Trump to step in to clear and take the frame on the black.

That proved to be a pivotal moment in the match. Trump made further breaks of 43, 41 and 79 to punish Williams’ missed green and progress to day five, winning 4-0.

His adversary in the last eight will be 28-times ranking winner John Higgins. The pair met in last week’s European Masters and it was Trump that strolled to a 4-0 whitewash win. However, Higgins has the better record between the two, winning 13 of their 22 meetings – including victory in the 2011 World Championship final.

The Scot looked out of sorts in his afternoon victory over fellow Glaswegian Fraser Patrick. However, he upped his game considerably to defeat Tom Ford in their last 16 tie. Higgins made breaks of 59,99, 87 and 114 in a 4-1 win.

Looking ahead to his match against Trump, Higgins said: “He has beaten me a few times but always in best of seven matches, never in a longer match. He’s playing with a lot of confidence at the moment and everything is going for him. I’ll be the underdog but if I play like I did today I’ll be happy. Recently I’ve been beating players ranked below me but losing to the top four or five players, so my aim is to get up to their level.”

wakelinChris Wakelin followed up a career best win over Ronnie O’Sullivan in the last 32, with a 4-3 victory over Xiao Guodong. Despite making 130 in the opener, Wakelin found himself 3-1 down. He mounted a comeback charge and leveled the match at 3-3. The decider provided drama, with Wakelin making a steely clearance of 39 to edge through on the final black.

His opponent will be 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham. The 40-year-old was comfortable in a 4-1 win over Scotland’s Rhys Clark.

Ricky Walden and Barry Hawkins will face in a repeat of their 2013 World Championship semi-final meeting. Walden came through an encounter with Chinese 16-year-old Yan Bingtao, making a run of 117 along the way. Hawkins defeated Welshman Ryan Day 4-1 to ensure his progress.

Anthony Hamilton is through to his first ranking quarter-final since 2013, after beating Jak Jones in a final frame decider. The Sheriff of Pottingham made four breaks over fifty, including a fantastic run of 70 in the final frame.  He’ll face Liang Wenbo, who came back from 2-0 down to beat Ben Woollaston 4-3.