2016 World Snooker Championship Ali Carter and Marco Fu in to Last 16

Ali Carter and Marco Fu in to Last 16

Ali Carter and Marco Fu in to Last 16

Last year's World Champion, Stuart Bingham lost 10-9 in a thrilling final frame decider to Allister Carter in their first round match at the Crucible.

In a match the swung back and forth it was Bingham who took the opener but Carter came back to take the next five frames for a 5-1 lead in the match.

Momentum swung back the way of Bingham who went on to take the last three of the opening session with breaks of 96 and 90 to trail just 5-4 after being four frames adrift.

Bingham kept his good run going as he levelled the match in the second session 5-5, his fourth successive frame. Carter came back to take the next three frames to move in to a decisive 8-5 lead in the first to 10 match.

Bingham under pressure completely turned the match around with breaks of 88, 68 and 113 to move in to a 9-8 lead, taking the last four frames. He looked much the stronger as Carter was struggling.

A break of 102 by Carter levelled the match to force the decider. Carter was first to score in the decider and moved in to a 40-0 lead and with many balls safe he looked in a strong position. Both players had chances but couldn't make telling contributions but Carters early contribution and a tough table enabled him to grind out a long decider for his seventh successive win against Bingham.

Peter Ebdon couldn't match Marco Fu in the first round of the World Championship as the Hong Kong professional strolled in to the second round with a 10-2 victory.

The last time these two met was here in the World Championship semi-final in 2006, when Ebdon ground out a 17-16 win. Many will have expected a long tough match but Marco Fu was in control throughout and after the two players shared the opening frames 1-a-piece it was all one way as Fu eased in to a 5-1 lead.

Ebdon took the seventh frame, but Fu wasn't easing up as he went on to take the next five to set up a last 16 match against either Shaun Murphy or Anthony McGill.

My long potting was really good today and I scored well when I got chances. I'm playing much better than I did in previous years, so you never know what's going to happen. I truly believe that I'm a top eight player and today's performance will give me a lot of confidence. I believe I can win it.

I've got a few days before my next match now so I'll watch a few of the other matches, work with my coach Wayne Griffiths and make sure I'm ready for the second round.

Marco Fu

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