Seventeen year old Ding Junhui cruised through to the quarter finals with an impressive 6 - 1 win over Irelands Ken Doherty. Ding opened up in the first frame with a break of 141, Ken leveled it at one a piece before he lost the next five to Ding Junhui.
Ding with his 141 break break is first inline for this years Ł10,000 for the highest break. Ken said 'He is quite mature for 17 and looks very relaxed on the big stage. He just needs a bit more experience to go to the next level and that comes from playing in tournaments like this.
'Once he tightens up he's going to be an even tougher opponent.'
'But I got a kick when I was on 81,' said Ding through an interpreter.
'I would like to play Ronnie because it would be the first time we've met,' he said.
Ronnie O'Sullivan through 6 - 3
Ronnie O'Sullivan eased himself in to the quarter finals with a 6 - 3 win over Greame Dott.
Ronnie enthused about his relationship with his mentor and coach Ray Reardon 'He told me all the potential outcomes that could have happened, and I went out in a more positive frame of mind,' said O'Sullivan.
'I wouldn't ask Ray to tournaments where I wasn't 100% focused. But he's here for this one and he'll be at Sheffield for the world championship.
'It wasn't the real Ronnie O'Sullivan in Malta, and I shouldn't have gone. Even Stevie Wonder would have beaten me 5-0.'
Ronnie will now play this mornings easy winn Ding Junhui, 'I have played a lot of unknown quantities before,' said O'Sullivan.
'I'm going to be favourite, and everyone expects me to do the business. But that won't faze me.
'Friday is just another game, and I'm pleased to still be in the tournament.'
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Wed, 07 May 2014 10:36:19