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Ding Junhui ousts Peter Ebdon in China Open

Ding Junhui
Ding won the China Open in 2005 and added the UK Championship that year

Local hero Ding Junhui sealed a 5-2 win over defending champion Peter Ebdon in the quarter-finals of the China Open.

Ding was 4-0 ahead with runs of 93, 121 and 92, but Ebdon ground out the next two frames with runs of 70 and 49.

But Ding, 23, won the seventh frame 81-0 and booked a semi-final with Mark Allen, who beat Stephen Hendry 5-4.

Hendry had a break of 126 and was 4-2 up but Allen won the decider with a 77, while Mark Williams and Ali Carter will contest the other semi-final.

Both players completed comfortable 5-1 victories in the evening matches.

Former world champion Williams quickly took a 3-0 advantage against Marco Fu, highlighted by a break of 116 in the third frame.


Hong Kong's Fu got on the scoreboard following a long fourth, but Williams closed out the contest with back-to-back frames.

Mark King made a break of 74 to level his match with Carter but his highest effort after that was a mere 22 as Carter reeled off four successive frames.

After Hendry's assured century break levelled the match at 1-1, the seven-time world champion's highest for the remainder of the match was just 36 as Allen began to find his touch.

"At 4-2 down I still believed I could win, and I held myself together well to win the last three frames," Allen told

"I can take a lot of confidence from this result, although I will need to improve in the next round.

"To play Ding in China is the sort of game we practise for. There will be a big crowd and good atmosphere, and with two young, attacking players it should be entertaining."

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