DING Junhui’s hopes of winning his first World Championship title increased when he beat Mark King to reach the quarter-finals.
The world number nine, who won the PTC Grand Finals last month, came back from 6-2 down to beat the Englishman and set up a last eight clash with Australian Open winner Barry Hawkins.
Traling 6-2 from Saturday’s first session, the China star hit back in superb fashion on Sunday winning seven of the eight frames played to take an overnight of lead 9-7 going into today’s final session
And the second Monday of this year’s World Championship saw him win the four frames he needed to book his place in the last eight.
Breaks of 49 and 69 gave the China superstar the opening frame but King gave him something to ponder when he won the next two frames to put him right back in contention, trailing 10-9.
But Ding raised his game when it mattered and managed to avoid another upset at the bottom half of the draw following the likes of Mark Selby’s and Neil Robertson’s exits earlier in the competition.
Breaks of 104 and 98 pulled him clear of King before a half century break helped him seal a quarter-final spot.
And Stuart Bingham fought off the challenge of Mark Davis with a 13-10 victory to reach the quarter-final stages of the World Championship for the first time.
Starting the final session with the players locked at 8-8, Bingham made a superb start as breaks of 77 and 70 put him in the driving seat at 10-8 up.
Davis, who defeated John Higgins in the first round, came storming back winning the next two frames to give the match something of a knife edge finish at 10-10.
But it was to Bingham’s day when he took the next three frames with a top break of 111 to clinch a potential last eight tie with defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.