Ding Junhui was beaten by Mark Selby in the 2016 World Championship final

Ding Junhui fought back from 4-0 down to beat John Higgins and secure his place in the quarter-finals of the Players Championship in Llandudno.

Higgins had seemed on course for a routine victory before China’s Ding mounted a remarkable recovery.

Ding produced runs of 83 and 67 as he closed up the deficit before levelling with a clearance of 107 and then edging the decider.

The world number five will face Anthony Hamilton in the last eight.

Ali Carter battled past world number four Shaun Murphy 5-4 and will face Australian Neil Robertson in the last eight.

Players Championship – draw and results

Quarter-finals

Mark Selby v Marco Fu

Ding Junhui v Anthony Hamilton

Neil Robertson v Ali Carter

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Judd Trump

Round one

Stuart Bingham 1-5 Anthony Hamilton

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-1 Liang Wenbo

Mark Selby 5-4 Ryan Day

Marco Fu 5-1 Anthony McGill

Barry Hawkins 0-5 Neil Robertson

Judd Trump 5-2 Mark King

Ding Junhui 5-4 John Higgins

Ali Carter 5-4 Shaun Murphy


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