Chinese duo qualify for Crucible
Chinese duo Cao Yupeng and Liu Chuang will join Ding Junhui at the Crucible after completing impressive wins in the final round of qualifying for the World Championships in Sheffield.
The 21-year-old Cao, in his debut year on the main tour, edged out Tom Ford 10-9 before Liu (pictured) came from behind to beat Jamie Cope 10-7.
"I'm happy, Tom was unlucky and I played well," said Cao, who beat Jimmy White in the previous round.
"I wasn't nervous in the last frame, I just tried to play the balls."
Liang Wenbo, Yu Delu and Hong Kong's Marcu Fu are all still involved in qualifying and could complete what would be a strong Chinese contingent at the Crucible when action gets underway later in April.
Cao and Ford were all square at 2-2 when Ford was docked a frame for returning late to the table after the interval, helping the Chinese player take a 5-4 lead into the session break.
Leicester’s Ford bounced back in the second session, however, sneaking into a 7-6 lead before Cao took three frames in a row to leave himself just one away from qualifying for the final stages of a ranking tournament for the first time.
Ford bounced back again with his second century break of the match to level up at 9-9 before breaks of 39 and 58 helped Cao take the decider.
Liu was also forced to recover from a deficit when he found himself 5-4 down against Cope.
The 21-year-old reeled off four frames in a row, with highlight breaks of 71 and 138, to go 8-5 ahead before Cope hit back with a century break of his own.
But the world number 57 booked his second visit to the Crucible with victory in the 17th frame.
Ken Doherty 10-9 Anthony Hamilton
Ricky Walden 2-10 Jamie Jones
Mark Davis 10-5 Robert Milkins
Ryan Day 10-8 Gerard Greene
Tom Ford 9-10 Cao Yupeng
Jamie Cope 7-10 Liu Chuang