Trump sizzles to sink Ding, Wilson overcomes Hawkins, Carter and Higgins go through in style
Judd Trump got his world title bid back on track by winning six straight frames to ease past Ding Junhui 13-9 in the World Championship last 16.
Having blown a 5-1 lead to trail 9-7 heading into the closing session of the match, Masters champion Trump came out flying as breaks of 93, 79, 54, 103 and 47 were more than enough to end Ding's hopes for this year at the Crucible.
He will face fellow former UK champion Stephen Maguire in the quarter-finals that begin on Tuesday and finish on Wednesday over the best of 25 frames
It must be said China's number one Ding was disappointing despite Trump producing some heavy scoring to settle the contest.
"I played terrible yesterday, probably the worst player in the tournament..I was pleased to respond under pressure," said Trump.
"I can't afford to start this way against Stephen otherwise I'll be too far back and I'll be going home. I think (Neil) Robertson is the massive favourite and also Kyren (Wilson).
"I was over the moon to be 9-7 down and come through so comfortably. You don't want it to go on too late with the quarter-final tomorrow."
Kyren Wilson staged a stunning comeback from 9-5 down to overcome Barry Hawkins 13-11 in their last-16 clash.
Wilson finished in glorious fashion rolling in breaks of 81, 125 and 132 enough to claim the final three frames and secure a meeting with 16th seed David Gilbert in the quarter-finals at the Crucible.
"I was just on autopilot. It was a matter of staying in the present and taking the chance when it came," said Wilson.
"I walked in the dressing room and my team said to me: 'He's playing like Superman'. I knew I'd been practising hard - it's about being patient and not forcing it to come and fortunately it did."
Hawkins - the 2013 finalist - had led 6-2 after the opening session, but saw his lead reduced to 9-7 after their second session on Sunday night.
Wilson made a fast start to the evening with breaks of 95 and 68 seeing him close to 6-4 behind. A 61 in the 11th frame was not enough to get over the winning line as fellow Englishman Hawkins claimed the key points for a 7-4 advantage which quickly became 8-4 at the mid-session interval.
A marvellous 104 break from Wilson saw him pull one more back, but an awful kick on the black suffered by Wilson enabled Hawkins to move four ahead again in the race to 13 frames.
It was key for Wilson to win the final frames of the session which he duly did as a 131 in the 15th frame saw him close to 9-6 behind with Hawkins missing among the balls in losing the 16th frame.
Hawkins had notched four centuries to open up a 6-2 lead over Wilson during the morning session.
Hawkins, who was in scintillating form in the first round as he dismantled Li Hang, picked up from where he had left off.
The Hawk opened up in blistering fashion as breaks of 105, 82 and 130 helped him put together a 4-0 lead in the first mini-session despite missing a golden opportunity to notch a 147.
Wilson responded after the break in the best way possible as a knock of 111 got him on the board.
However, that only spurned Hawkins on further as he then thundered in consecutive centuries of 136 and 137.
Wilson managed to get his second frame but still trails by four after a frantic session that included five centuries in just eight frames.
In the afternoon's other match, Ali Carter reeled off six straight frames against Zhou Yuelong to complete a 13-9 win in the last 16.
Zhou had resumed 9-7 clear of fellow qualifier Carter after winning the opening session 5-3 on Sunday morning.
But world number 19 Carter produced some fine matchplay snooker on Monday afternoon with runs of 72, 72 and 55 helping him secure a quarter-final meeting with Gary Wilson, who has upset Luca Brecel and three-times winner Mark Selby in his run to the last eight.
Zhou had the chance to prolong the contest, but missed a tough black in the 22nd hole which wobbled over the hole. Carter, who will turn 40 in July, pounced on the error to progress.
Two-times finalist Carter - who lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the 2008 and 2012 finals - had led 7-6 boosted by breaks of 75 and 51, but 21-year-old Zhou won the final three frames of the session that included 65 and 66 to leave himself four frames short of the winning post.
Zhou, who knocked out former Masters winner Mark Allen in the first round, started strongly and took four of the first five frames.
That run included breaks of 106 and 105 before a break of 64 saw him move 5-1 up.
However, Carter dug deep and managed to win the final two frames of the session to reduce the deficit on his way to claiming victory.
Later on Monday evening John Higgins put in a masterclass to beat Stuart Bingham 13-11 in a match of the highest quality.
Speaking to Eurosport after his win, Higgins said: "Tonight I nicked a couple of massive frames, but the last few I felt good. I still play a percentage game compared to most players but I still go for my shots - that's the only way you can win nowadays.
"It's a massive win for me, but I've got a real tough game next against Neil. He's tournament favourite, and rightly so - I'll be the underdog in that one."
Quarter-finals (best of 25 frames)
- David Gilbert (Eng) v Kyren Wilson (Eng)
- John Higgins v Neil Robertson (Aus)
- Gary Wilson (Eng) v Ali Carter (Eng)
- Judd Trump v Stephen Maguire (Sco)
Second round latest scores (best of 25 frames)
- Mark Williams (Wal) 9-13 David GIlbert (Eng)
- Barry Hawkins (Eng) 11-13 Kyren Wilson (Eng)
- John Higgins (Sco) 13-11 Stuart Bingham (Eng)
- Shaun Murphy (Eng) 6-13 Neil Robertson (Aus)
- Mark Selby (Eng) 10-13 Gary Wilson (Eng)
- Ali Carter (Eng) 13-9 Zhou Yuelong (Chn)
- Judd Trump (Eng) 7-9 Ding Junhui (Chn)
- Stephen Maguire (Sco) 13-12 James Cahill (Eng)
First-round results & latest scores (best of 19 frames)
- Mark Williams (Wal) 10-7 Martin Gould (Eng)
- David Gilbert (Eng) 10-7 Joe Perry (Eng)
- Barry Hawkins (Eng) 10-1 Li Hang (Chn)
- Kyren Wilson (Eng) 10-4 Scott Donaldson (Sco)
- John Higgins (Sco) 10-7 Mark Davis (Eng)
- Stuart Bingham (Eng) 10-9 Graeme Dott (Sco)
- Shaun Murphy (Eng) 10-0 Luo Honghao (Chn)
- Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-1 Michael Georgiou (Cyp)
- Mark Selby (Eng) 10-7 Zhao Xintong (Chn)
- Luca Brecel (Bel) 9-10 Gary Wilson (Eng)
- Jack Lisowski (Eng) 6-10 Ali Carter (Eng)
- Mark Allen (NI) 7-10 Zhou Yeulong (Chn)
- Judd Trump (Eng) 10-9 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha)
- Ding Junhui (Chn) 10-7 Anthony McGill (Sco)
- Stephen Maguire (Sco) 10-9 Tian Pengfei (Chn)
- Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 8-10 James Cahill (Eng)