International Championship

International Championship 2013 – Day 4 Report

Peter Ebdon 1

Peter Ebdon

FORMER world champion Peter Ebdon recovered from squandering two golden match-winning positions to defeat world number one Neil Robertson and reach the quarter-finals of the International Championship. 

The 2002 Crucible champion came out on top in a thrilling last 16 encounter edging it 6-5 and taking a topsy-turvy deciding frame.

However, it was Robertson who made the brighter start and went into the interval leading 3-1 after making breaks of 65, 61 and 117.

But Ebdon fought back in style after the restart winning the next four frames to go just one away from a stunning win.

The match appeared to be over in frame nine when Ebdon was in the balls but he then missed the penultimate red on 58 before Robertson brilliantly cleared up to reduce his arrears to 5-4.

And there was more drama in frame ten when, just needing the final pink and black for victory, Ebdon missed the pink to give Robertson yet another reprieve as he levelled the match up at 5-5.

Both players had chances in an edgy final frame but it was a case of third time lucky for Ebdon as Robertson missed a tough final brown and left it on for his opponent to take the match.

Ebdon, who reached the semi-finals of this competition last year, will play Ding Junhui on Thursday for a place in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Ding continued his fine form with a crushing 6-1 win over Welshman Matthew Stevens with top breaks of 77 and 110.

The Chinese number one star now stands just a few more wins away from winning three consecutive major ranking events following his wins in Shanghai and India in recent weeks.

Also looking in very good shape is world number two Mark Selby who hit breaks of 107 and 90 in a convincing 6-1 win over Stuart Bingham.

The Jester from Leicester will meet Hong Kong’s Marco Fu in the last eight who ended 16-year-old Zhao Xintong’s remarkable run in the tournament with a 6-2 win.

Two-times World Open winner Mark Allen suffered a surprise 6-4 defeat to Joe Perry and Ryan Day battled his way into the last eight with a 6-3 win over Irishman Fergal O’Brien.

Tuesday’s star Liang Wenbo followed up his brilliant comeback win over world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan with an emphatic 6-1 win over Mark Davis.

Wenbo, who appears to be full of confidence, next faces Graeme Dott after he came back from behind to edge a 6-5 win over Norway’s Kurt Maflin.

International Championship 2013 – Quarter-Final Draw:

Ryan DAY vs Joe PERRY
Marco FU vs Mark SELBY
Peter EBDON vs Ding JUNHUI
Graeme DOTT vs Liang WENBO

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