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Mark Williams beats Ali Carter at World Open in Glasgow

WORLD OPEN
Venue: SECC, Glasgow Dates: 18-26 September Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button and BBC Sport website (UK only); Listen on BBC Radio 5 live for regular updates; Comprehensive reports on the BBC Sport website & mobiles

Williams left the ball over the corner pocket

Williams explains re-spotted black gamble

Welshman Mark Williams knocked out world number two Ali Carter to earn a place in the last 16 of the World Open.

Williams clinched his 3-1 victory with a break of 95, after losing the previous frame on a respotted black.

"Every time I was in the balls I felt as if I was going to make a decent break," said 35-year-old Williams.

China's world number four Ding Junhui was also a comfortable 3-1 winner, defeating Jimmy Michie in fine fashion, which included a break of 109.

Williams had set off by taking a low-scoring opening frame with four scoring visits, the highest of which was a run of 27, before a break of 43 saw him come from 48-12 behind to move 2-0 in front.

606: DEBATE

Englishman Carter, who won the Roewe Shanghai Masters earlier this month, looked like taking the next frame in one visit, but his break ended on 72.

Williams replied with a clearance to level the scores, meaning the black had to come back out again, and Carter potted it to halve his deficit.

It did not prove to be a turning point though, with Williams falling just short of a century break in the following frame as he clinched his spot in the next round of the Glasgow tournament.

Ding was also never behind in his clash against Michie, moving into a 2-0 lead thanks to that break of 109. The 23-year-old was pegged back at 2-1 before a break of 77 helped seal victory.

And in the final match of the afternoon session Stephen Lee survived a two-frame comeback by Nigel Bond to eventually prevail 3-2.

The first game of the evening session saw Scotland's Stephen Hendry secure a comfortable 3-0 victory over Mark Davis, which included a break of 70 in the second frame.

Hendry now believes he can play himself into title-winning form after knocking out Davis to reach the last 16.

And although the 41-year-old does not believe he is performing well enough to be considered a potential champion just now, all that could change if he posts another couple of wins.

"My confidence will come back if I have a decent run with some good performances, even just getting to a quarter or semi-final," said Hendry.

"I haven't got the form behind me to be able to say I'm going to win a tournament, but if I can get to the later stages then I know how to win."

Peter Ebdon survived a fight back from Fergal O'Brien to claim a 3-2 victory and advance through to the last 16.

Ebdon, the world number 17, had taken a 2-0 lead and looked to be heading for a comfortable victory before making a mess of the final pink - which would have sealed the frame and match.

O'Brien took advantage before winning the next frame with a break of 129 to level but Ebdon made sure of his progress by sealing the deciding frame.

The shorter-form World Open requires only three frames needed to win in the early rounds.



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