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Welsh Open: Ding Junhui marches into the last 16

Nicholas Li

Ding Junhui is being interviewed.
Image courtesy: Top 147

Chinese Snooker player, Ding Junhui, successfully made his way into the last 16 of the Betfair Welsh Open yesterday defeating Mark King at the Newport centre.

“This could be called revenge.” Liu Dalong, who is part of Ding Junhui’s official fan team, said. “Last year Junhui was beaten by Mark King in Shanghai. This time he took the revenge. He had a great start in this season since he won the second match. I believe he can get another championship in the Welsh Open.”

After the match, Ding Junhui claimed that he is much better prepared going into games and feels his form is much improved.

Zhang Rou, another huge fan of Ding Junhui said, “I feel so proud of Junhui. I have liked him for years so I created a page on Sina Weibo to support him. I hope more people focus on snooker and him. I watched the game today; it was so easy for Junhui to win. He’s the lucky one obviously.”

In the next match he will face Mark Allen from Northern Ireland, who defeated Marco Fu from Hong Kong to progress into the last 16. The two faced in each other in last year’s Welsh Open with Ding Junhui defeating the Northern Irishman.

“It shouldn’t be hard for Junhui to enter the semi-final,” Liu Dalong said. “Some players could really threaten Ding’s champion status, like Neil Robertson, Mark Selby or Stuart Bingham. But who knows, let’s see the results.”

Last night the world number one, Mark Selby, was defeated by fellow Englishman, Joe Perry. Welsh success in the tournament now rests with Matthew Stevens who will face Scot, Stephen Maguire, in his last 16 match.

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