Players Championship: Ding Junhui comeback secures last eight spot
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
Mark Selby v Marco Fu
Ding Junhui v Anthony Hamilton
Neil Robertson v Ali Carter
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Judd Trump
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