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Wenbo victory sets up exciting all Chinese Second Round encounter

The next round of the World Championship has been given some extra spice after it was confirmed the world’s top two Chinese stars of snooker will battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals.

Liang Wenbo and Ding Junhui

Liang Wenbo’s hard-fought 10-7 win over Stuart Carrington means he will face good friend and China’s number one star Ding Junhui in the next round.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ding – a finalist at the World Championship twelve months ago, knocked out another Chinese entrant in Zhou Yuelong, winning 10-5.

Wenbo, through to the second round of the World Championship for the first time since 2008, came back from 5-2 down against the English qualifier.

The world number 13 is enjoying his best season ever on the old green baize after winning his first major ranking title – the English Open.

Speaking to Eurosport after his first round win against Carrington, he said: “Me and Ding are good friends. It should be a very good game.”

Meanwhile, two-times finalist Ali Carter must fight back if he is to progress through as he trailed former world champion Graeme Dott 6-3 at the end of their first session.

HOW SECOND ROUND DRAW IS SHAPING UP

Mark Selby vs Ryan Day/Xiao Guodong

Neil Robertson/Noppon Saengkham vs Marco Fu

Shaun Murphy vs Ronnie O’Sullivan

Liang Wenbo vs Ding Junhui

Stuart Bingham vs Kyren Wilson

Mark Allen vs John Higgins

Barry Hawkins/Tom Ford vs Ali Carter/Graeme Dott

Stephen Maguire vs Judd Trump/Rory McLeod

 

 

 

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