Kyren Wilson continued his impressive form to set up a rematch against the man he memorably beat to lift his first major ranking title three years ago.
The world number eight kept up his winning ways by beating China’s Liang Wenbo 6-3 on the opening day of the Shanghai Masters.
Wilson, who has won two titles this season – the Paul Hunter Classic and recently the Sangsom Six Red World Championship, will next face fellow English star Judd Trump in a repeat of the 2015 Shanghai Masters final.
The epic match saw Wilson claim his first ever ranking title after he triumphed via winning a final frame decider to win the match 10-9.
Wilson today made breaks of 60, 61, 73, 100 and 88 to make it through to the last 16 stage of the event which for the first time is a high prize money invitational event with the winner taking home a massive £200,000.
Elsewhere, Stuart Bingham earned himself a place in the quarter-finals following the news that Shaun Murphy had to pull out of the tournament for personal reasons.
Bingham received a second round bye after he won his first round match 6-0 against Chinese wildcard hopeful Fan Zhengyi and hit a break of 140 in the process.
Masters winner Mark Allen had to come from behind to beat former Shanghai Masters finalist Xiao Guodong 6-4 and Scotland’s Stephen Maguire had an almighty scare when he trailed 3-0 and 4-2 against Pu QingSong before bouncing back to claim a 6-4 victory.
But despite making a break of 138 in the opening frame, there was no such joy for Belgium’s Luca Brecel who lost out 6-4 to China’s Zhou Yuelong.
Tuesday will see the remaining opening round matches played – Ryan Day vs Chang Bingyu and Anthony McGill vs Yan Bingtao while the likes of Mark Selby, Ding Junhui, Barry Hawkins and Judd Trump take to the baize for the first time.
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