Stuart Bingham records first major win after three-month ban

Stuart Bingham recorded his biggest win since returning to the game after he was banned by snooker’s governing body for betting on matches.

Stuart Bingham. Picture by Monique Limbos

The 2015 world champion came back from a slow start to beat snooker’s most in-form man Mark Williams to reach the last 16 of the World Grand Prix.

Bingham hit back from 2-0 down to record a victory which will no doubt be a huge boost to the Basildon potter who has just returned to the sport after being banned for three months. This is undoubtedly his biggest win since returning to the game less than a month ago.

The four-times ranking event winner will next face Scotland’s Anthony McGill in a bid to reach the quarter-finals.

Defeat will be hard to come by for Williams who has gone deep in most of this season’s tournaments, enjoying title triumphs in the Northern Ireland Open and, most recently, the German Masters.

Meanwhile, there was a major shock on the other table as Masters finalist Kyren Wilson suffered a 4-3 defeat to fellow Englishman Mark Joyce.

The draw for the last 16 of the World Grand Prix is now complete:

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Yan Bingtao

Xiao Guodong vs John Higgins

Shaun Murphy vs Jack Lisowski

Stephen Maguire vs Michael Georgiou

Michael White vs Joe Perry

Neil Robertson vs Mark Selby

Ding Junhui vs Mark Joyce

Anthony McGill vs Stuart Bingham

Four of the eight matches take place tonight (Wednesday) including Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Yan Bingtao, Stephen Maguire vs Michael Georgiou, Xiao Guodong vs John Higgins and Shaun Murphy vs Jack Lisowski.

 

 

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