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Ding downs Davis to make last 16

Venue: Telford International Centre Date: Saturday 13 - Sunday 21 December
Coverage: BBC Television, BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website

Ding Junhui
Ding kept his nerve to seal his place in the last 16 in Telford

China's Ding Junhui reached the UK Championship's last 16 by holding off a late fightback from Steve Davis to win 9-6 in a repeat of the 2005 final.

In other first round matches on Monday, former world champion John Higgins secured his place in the second round with a battling 9-7 win over Joe Swail.

Resuming at 4-4, the pair traded frames throughout an attritional session before Higgins took the last two.

And Stephen Maguire overcame fellow Scot Jamie Burnett 9-3.

World number two and last year's runner-up Maguire put in an excellent performance and looked in ominous form.

Other results saw England's Peter Ebdon edge past Andrew Higginson 9-8 while Australia's Neil Robertson beat Michael Holt 9-7.

Ali Carter also overcame fellow Englishman Ian McCulloch, who had to withdraw through illness at 6-2, while Shaun Murphy beat Martin Gould 9-7.

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen completed a comfortable 9-2 victory over England's Stuart Bingham and returns to action on Tuesday to face former world champion Shaun Murphy.


World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was in impressive form as the second round got under way in the evening session, hitting three centuries to take a 5-3 overnight lead against Joe Perry.

The world number one fell 2-0 behind early on but levelled with breaks of 127 and 95 before a series of mistakes from Perry allowed him to move ahead.

He then rattled in the highest break of the tournament, 143, and another superb ton, 114, to open up breathing space but Perry took the last of the session to remain in touch.

Other ties from that session saw England's Mark King and Stephen Lee locked at 4-4 while Hong Kong's Marco Fu leads Matthew Stevens 5-3.

Scotland's Graeme Dott also leads Mark Williams 5-3.

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see also
UK Championship - latest scores
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Allen through but Swail goes out
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Burnett loss may be investigated
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