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Woollaston Stuns Home Favourite Ding

Ben WoollastonOn a day of shocks at the Hanteng Autos World Open in Yushan, home favourite Ding Junhui crashed out against world number 28 Ben Woollaston.

Mark Selby had already bowed out earlier in the day to Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un Nooh. Another upset looked on the cards, as breaks of 64 and 87 helped Woollaston to storm into a 3-0 lead. The home crowd were hopeful of a turnaround after Ding took the fourth frame with a counter clearance of 89, having trailed 44-0.  However, Woollaston quelled any hope for Ding’s fans, by taking the next frame on a black ball finish. He went on to see the match out and secure a famous 5-1 victory.

“I feel great, I lost to Ding four years ago from 4-0 up. It’s a great buzz to play Ding in China. There’s nothing else like it.” Said the 29-year-old Woollaston.

The other big upset of the evening saw world number 107 Zhang Anda defeat Judd Trump 5-2.  At 1-1 the Chinese potter produced a burst of form to surge into a 4-1 lead with breaks of 51, 96 and 135. The deficit proved to be too much for the Englishman as Zhang claimed an important win.

Shaun MurphyShaun Murphy avoided becoming another big name casualty with an emphatic 5-0 victory over Jimmy Robertson. It took Murphy just over an hour and fifteen minutes to complete the rout. He faces Kurt Maflin in the last 16, who also won 5-0 earlier in the day.

“My game is in great condition and I’m hitting the ball very well,” said the 2005 World Champion. “There are so many great players in snooker nowadays. I hope this could be my week, but who knows.”

Kyren Wilson also succumbed to a whitewash defeat, as he was stunned by a brilliant performance from world number 72 Daniel Wells. The 27-year-old completed his victory in style with a 111 century break in the fifth frame to secure a 5-0 win.

Neil Robertson continued his impressive form in Yushan with a 5-1 win over Thor Chuan Leong.  The Australian produced a barrage of high breaks, including a 104 in the third frame as he comfortably secured a last 16 spot.

Mark Williams needed to win the final three frames as he edged out Graeme Dott 5-4. Breaks of 75 and 84 had helped the 39-year-old Dott move 4-2 ahead. However, the turning point came in the seventh frame, which Williams snatched on the black to keep his hopes alive.  The Welshman then claimed the final two frames, to book a mouth-watering last 16 tie with John Higgins.

Indian Open Champion Anthony McGill continued his good run of form with a 5-1 victory over Ricky Walden. The Scot made a 141, the highest break of the tournament so far, on his way to the win.

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