Fergal O’Brien into Shanghai Masters quarter-finals
Irishman to meet Mark Selby after win over 17-year-old Zhao Xintong in China
Fergal O’Brien is into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire
Zhao, the 17-year-old who beat Marco Fu yesterday, made the early running against O’Brien but could not sustain it as the Irishman came back to win 5-3.
The Chinese player took the opener with an 80 break and led once more at 3-2 with the help of a run of 69, but O’Brien fought back to progress despite making only one break over 50 — a 61 in frame three.
Selby was pushed hard by Nottingham’s Michael Holt before getting the better of his East Midlands rival 5-3.
The ‘Jester from Leicester’, ranked number one in the sport’s money list, was pegged back from 3-0 up to 3-3 but snatched a desperately tight seventh frame and took the eighth, and the match, with his fourth half-century break.
Ding Junhui overcame a slow start to delight the home crowd with a win over Martin Gould.
World number three Ding was 2-0 down to Gould in round two but came back to win 5-3, turning the game around with breaks of 96, 60 and 67 in successive frames.
He extended his lead to 4-2, and although Gould pulled one back with a 97 break, the home favourite wrapped up victory.
Alan McManus beat fellow Scot Stephen Maguire 5-1, the latter’s only frame coming via a 96 break.
Dott led 3-1 at the interval, helped by breaks of 98 and 66, and although Murphy returned with a 121 to cut the deficit, the Scot wrapped up victory.
Mark Allen’s good form continued with a 5-1 win over Mark Williams, the recent Paul Hunter Classic winner making breaks of 67, 56 and 85.