Ding survives scare as big names fall in China

Ding survives scare as big names fall in China
By Eurosport

29/10/2013 at 02:18Updated 29/10/2013 at 03:38

Ding Junhui survived a major scare in the opening round of the International Championship in Chengdu before beating fellow Chinese player Cao Yupeng 6-5.

Ding become the first player to win back-to-back ranking events in the same season with his recent success in Shanghai and India but his hot streak nearly ended at this £625,000 ranking event in West China.

    Breaks of 73, 52, 57, 93 and 73 had helped Ding build up a 5-2 to lead but then the nerves set in and Cao came back to 5-5 before a 63 finally sealed the deal for Ding.

    There were some big shocks on the opening day though with Stephen Maguire, Shaun Murphy and defending champion Judd Trump all crashing out.

    Alan McManus got the better of Trump in another 6-5 thriller; David Gilbert edged out Murphy 6-4 for; while Maguire was punished for an off-colour performance as he was defeated 6-3 by Kyren Wilson.

    Big names like Mark Selby, Mark Williams and Neil Robertson all safely moved on though, while Barry Hawkins beat Jimmy White 6-2 in battle between two former world championship finalists.


    Rod Lawler 6-3 Aditya Mehta

    Ding Junhui 6-5 Cao Yupeng

    Fergal O'Brien 6-4 Ben Woollaston

    Kyren Wilson 6-3 Stephen Maguire

    Marco Fu 6-2 Adam Duffy

    Xiao Guodong 6-2 Alfie Burden

    Alan McManus 6-5 Judd Trump

    Peter Lines 6-3 Mark King

    Neil Robertson 6-4 Alex Davies

    Barry Hawkins 6-2 Jimmy White

    Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-1 Zhang Anda

    Zhao Xintong 6-2 Craig Steadman

    James Wattana 6-5 Gary Wilson

    David Gilbert 6-4 Shaun Murphy

    Mark J Williams 6-2 Paul S Davison

    Peter Ebdon 6-2 Jack Lisowski

    Ryan Day 6-4 Mike Dunn

    Mark Selby 6-0 Jamie Burnett

    Joe Perry 6-5 Jamie Jones