Ding Through to Semi Finals at the Crucible
April 27, 2016 10:18
China's Ding Junhui dealt a crushing blow to twice former world snooker champion Mark Williams yesterday when he destroyed the Welshman 13-3 with an entire session to spare.
Ding's win makes him the first man through to this years semi-finals. The fact he has had to go through qualifying to get there is a big a achievement after he dropped just outside of the top 16. The additional match practice has certainly worked in his favour as he looks solid and will be very tough to beat, could he finally be Asia's first winner of the World snooker title?
One thing is for certain, Ding will play a Scottish opponent in the semi-finals. John Higgins currently leads friend and countryman Alan McManus 5-3. Their match is currently live as I type.
In the other half of the draw and all English affair see's Mark Selby lead Kyren Wilson 10-6 with the world number one now looking in a good position to progress further in this competition. The 2014 champion is one of the best match players in the world and really understands how to grind out a result when needed, as well as being able to break build and put himself into positive leads.
The last of the quarter-finals has Marco Fu leading Barry Hawkins 7-1 after the first session. Hawkins was obviously feeling a bit jaded after his late night heroics against Ronnie O'Sullivan in round 2 and will have to show some steel if he is to remain in the tournament.
The quarter-finals will be completed by the end of today with the semi-finals starting tomorrow over three sessions.