KYREN Wilson’s hopes of landing an automatic spot in this year’s World Championship were boosted after he booked his place in the second round of the China Open.
Wilson, who won the Shanghai Masters earlier this season, will secure a guaranteed spot at the famous Crucible Theatre next month should he achieve a deep run this week in Beijing.
Given Ding Junhui’s defeat yesterday (Monday), Wilson can overtake him in the provisional top 16 rankings should he make the semi-final stages.
And a 5-3 win over Tom Ford put him on the right track with a second round clash in the waiting against Rod Lawler.
Stuart Bingham boosted his hopes of winning his first major ranking title since winning the World Championship last year after beating Sam Baird 5-3.
The reigning world champion came back from 2-0 down and hit three consecutive centuries during his first round win.
The shock of the day saw China’s 15-year-old teenager Yuan Sijun book his place in the Last 32 after an impressive 5-0 win over German Masters winner Martin Gould.
Lee Walker who knocked out Ding Junhui yesterday continued his good run of form with a 5-3 win over Li Hang.
And Darryl Hill, who made the Last 64 following world number one Mark Selby’s withdrawal, made the next round after he beat James Wattana 5-3.
Other Scores From Today’s Matches
Rod Lawler 5-1 Peter Lines
Marco Fu 5-2 Yu Delu
Ian Burns 5-0 Peter Ebdon
Martin O’Donnell 5-2 Joe Swail
Rhys Clark 5-4 Mark Davis
Jimmy Robertson 5-3 Anthony McGill
Ryan Day 5-4 Dechawat Poomjaeng
Mark King 5-2 Ali Carter