China's Ding one frame away from quarterfinals

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-30 08:35:56|Editor: Yamei
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Ding Junhui of China competes during the second period of second round match against Anthony McGill of Scotland at the World Snooker Championship 2018 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, Britain on April 29, 2018. Ding took the lead with 12-4 temporarily. (Xinhua/Han Yan)

SHEFFIELD, England, April 29 (Xinhua) -- China's former world number one Ding Junhui has taken a commanding 12-4 lead over Scotland's Anthony McGill after the second session of their second round match at the World Championship on Sunday.

World number three Ding, who led 8-0 in the first session, saw McGill recover in the second session with breaks of 52, 74 and 97 and failed to progress with a session to spare.

Ding, who has won 13 ranking titles, will next face 2013 finalist Barry Hawkins if he wins one more frame in Monday afternoon's third session.

Four-time champion John Higgins sealed a crushing 13-1 win over Jack Lisowski to book his place in the quarterfinals for the 14th time.

Judd Trump, finalist in 2011, and Ricky Walden are locked together at 8-8.

Higgins, a 30-time ranking event winner, will next face the winner between Trump and Walden.

"I don't think I've ever won 13-1," said Higgins, who made a break of 146 during the match. "It is probably one of my best results. Jack dismantled me 6-2 at the China Open so I was really up for the game. Next season will be big for him, he'll be competing and winning in big events.

"It was a bit disappointing I didn't get the position on the black for a 147. There were people in the crowd saying to try and double the black, but I went for the 146 to try and take the high break prize. 10,000 pounds is a lot of money and if I manage to win it it'll be great. I know there could still be a 147, so I'm not counting my chickens yet."

Two-time world champion Mark Williams took a 10-6 lead against Robert Milkins after their second session.

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