Ding Junhui made the highest break of the first round of 136
World Snooker Championship 2017
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April – 1 May
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Ding Junhui was in imperious form as he established a 6-2 advantage in an all-Chinese second-round World Championship match with Liang Wenbo.

Last year’s runner-up Ding opened with a break of 111 and knocked in a 113 to lead 3-1 at the mid-session break.

He rattled in three half-century breaks when the players returned, outscoring his opponent 626 points to 200 and ending with a 93% pot success rate.

Kyren Wilson maintained his lead to go 9-7 ahead against Stuart Bingham.

Both best-of-25 matches resuming on Friday evening.

World number 14 Wilson led the 2015 world champion 5-0, but Bingham battled back to 5-3 by the end of Thursday’s first session.

He continued his momentum by taking Friday’s opening frame with one of four breaks of 50 plus in the session.

Wilson replied with a well-constructed 110 and was able to keep Bingham at bay.

The Kettering man won a captivating final frame, clearing up after laying a brilliant snooker on the final red to ensure he stayed in front.

Ronnie O’Sullivan resumes his second-round match this afternoon, the five-time champion looking to build on a 6-2 lead over world number five Shaun Murphy.

Four-time champion John Higgins begins his last-16 encounter against Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen.


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