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Yuan Sijun stuns Ding Junhui at the China Championship

Sijun shakes hands with Ding (credit:Eurosport)

Teenage sensation Yuan Sijun pulled off a shock scalp of compatriot Ding Junhui at the 2018 China Championship to reach the Last 16 of a ranking event for the first time.

The 18-year-old prodigy held his nerve in a dramatic climax to knock out the world number six and break new ground in Guangzhou.

Sijun, world ranked number 70, took the first frame with a break of 60 before Ding claimed a low-scoring second to level up.

The youngster regained the upper-hand courtesy of a break of 71, but back-to-back frames for Ding saw him swing the pendulum in his favour.

Sijun edged a close-run sixth frame before following up with a superb break of 108 to lead 4-3, but only to go in-off on the final black in frame eight and allow Ding to force a decider despite having required a snooker.

Sijun began the decider strongly with a 55 before Ding battled back to 44, but the teenager held firm to get over the line and set up a Third Round meeting with Mark King on Thursday.

King had earlier pulled off a commanding 5-1 victory over Masters Champion Mark Allen with breaks of 52 and 61 along the way.

Elsewhere, Iran's Hossein Vafaei enjoyed a 5-3 win over world number 15 Ryan Day with top breaks of 81 and 93.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins fought back from 4-2 down to deny Mei Xiwen in a last-frame decider, while world number one Mark Selby enjoyed a more straightforward passage to the Last 16, defeating amateur 16-year-old Chang Bingyu a fairy-tale win over his snooker idol.

Scott Donaldson compiled a top break of 105 on his way to a 5-3 win over Riga Masters runner-up Jack Lisowski, while another home-grown hopeful Lyu Haotian dispatched world number 25 Joe Perry 5-3.

Reigning World Champion Mark Williams again found himself on an outside table but completed the job with a 5-2 defeat of Gary Wilson, making breaks of 61, 136 and 73 in the process.

Judd Trup defied a break of 127 from Welsh ace Jamie Jones in wrapping up a 5-2 victory to set up a show-down with Yan Bingtao.

Yan subjected former World Champion Stuart Bingham to an early exit with a commanding performance which saw him run out a 5-2 winner with a high break of 111 in frame three.

Last year's beaten finalist Shaun Murphy produced a fine scoring display to see off Xiao Guodong 5-2 with high breaks of 61, 92, 50 and 108.

Graeme Dott prevailed in a repeat of the 2010 World Championship final as he defeated Neil Robertson 5-2 with breaks of 55, 68, 75, 126 and 57 to his name.

China Championship 2018 Results


Wednesday September 26

Second Round

Martin O'Donnell 5-4 Tom Ford
Zhang Anda 2-5 Liang Wenbo
Joe Perry 3-5 Lyu Haotian
Xiao Guodong 2-5 Shaun Murphy
Judd Trump 5-2 Jamie Jones
Stuart Bingham 2-5 Yan Bingtao
Jack Lisowski 3-5 Scott Donaldson
Mei Xi Wen 4-5 John Higgins

Mark Selby 5-1 Chang Bingyu
Ryan Day 3-5 Hossein Vafaei
Mark King 5-1 Mark Allen
Yuan SiJun 5-4 Ding Junhui
Barry Hawkins 5-4 Noppon Saengkham
Neil Robertson 2-5 Graeme Dott
Fergal O'Brien 2-5 Zhao Xintong
Gary Wilson 2-5 Mark Williams


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