China Open 2012 – Day 2 Report

DING JUNHUI pulled off a remarkable comeback victory to beat Ben Woollaston and advance through to the last 16 of the China Open.

Playing in his native China, Ding looked set for a shock early exit when he trailed 4-0 to the English youngster but he came storming back to level at 4-4 before winning the deciding frame to pull off an incredible win and leave Woollaston to ponder what could have been.

Ding, winner of the Welsh Open last month, will hope to emulate Ronnie O’Sullivan’s German Masters success whom went on to win the tournament after being 4-0 down in his first round match against Andrew Higginson.

Facing Ding in the next round is World number one Mark Selby who had no problem beating Li Hang sailing through 5-0 against yesterday’s Wildcard round winner. 

This year’s China Open defending champion Judd Trump began the competition in winning style beating Jimmy White 5-3. The Whirlwind threatened a comeback after reducing his deficit to 4-3 after being three frames down. But Judd held his nerve in the eighth frame to book his place in the next round.

This month’s PTC Grand Finals champion Stephen Lee returned to the baize for the first time since his Galway title success and continued his winning run beating Tom Ford 5-1 to make the last 16.

Scotland’s Graeme Dott and Stephen Maguire both reached the last 16 stage of the Beijing tournament after they beat Mark King and Barry Hawkins respectively. 

In the two remaining wildcard round matches played today – Fergal O’Brien suffered a shock 5-4 defeat to wildcard entrant Jin Long. It is not the first time Jin has upset the odds this season – the China man knocked Sam Baird and Ding Junhui out of this year’s Haikou World Open. Long will play Welshman Mark Williams tomorrow.

Rory McLeod had no such problem reaching the last 32 stage after whitewashing Zhou Yuelong 5-0 to set up a last 32 match with last year’s world champion John Higgins.

Tomorrow sees the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Haikou World Open winner Mark Allen in action when they face Marcus Campbell and Ricky Walden respectively.

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