World Championship 2017: Ding Junhui takes charge against Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ding Junhui (right) and Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ding has not beaten O'Sullivan in a ranking event since his 9-6 victory in the Northern Ireland Trophy in 2006
World Championship 2017
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April - 1 May
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC Red Button, Connected TVs, online and app.

World number four Ding Junhui dominated the second session of his World Championship quarter-final with Ronnie O'Sullivan to take a 10-6 lead.

Having shared eight frames in the opening session, the pair began Tuesday evening by winning a frame each.

But breaks of 64, 65, 120, 59 and 56 ensured China's Ding took complete control of the 25-frame match.

However, a typically rapid 104 break stopped the rot for five-time winner O'Sullivan and gave him hope.

It was another two hours of gripping entertainment that maintained the trend of a break of at least 50 in every frame.

In the other game to resume on Tuesday evening, Scotland's John Higgins stormed into an 11-5 lead against 25-year-old Kyren Wilson.

The afternoon session saw reigning champion Mark Selby build a 6-2 lead over Hong Kong's Marco Fu, while Barry Hawkins is 5-3 ahead against Scottish qualifier Stephen Maguire.

Ding sparkles in the evening

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan has described himself as being "a bit like James Blunt"

Ding, 30, has not beaten world number 12 O'Sullivan in a ranking event since his 9-6 victory in the Northern Ireland Trophy in 2006.

There is a strong possibility of that run coming to an end at the Crucible after his stunning display on Tuesday evening, which began with a frame-winning 63 clearance in the ninth.

O'Sullivan came from behind to win the next but was unable to repeat the feat in frame 11 as Ding seized control.

Storming into a 7-5 lead before the interval, he resumed with a 120 break and went on to stretch his lead to 10-5 with a 58 in frame 15.

O'Sullivan, though, produced a defiant rapid-fire 104 in the final frame to give himself a chance of matching Stephen Hendry's record of playing in 12 World Championship semi-finals.

Higgins hammers home his advantage

World number 14 Wilson had levelled from 2-0 down in the morning, helped by a 92 break, but damaged his cue tip and, after a brief stoppage for repairs, saw four-time Crucible champion Higgins open up a 5-3 lead with breaks of 62 and 59.

The Scot began the evening with a 129 and, after the next two were shared, added breaks of 74 and 135 either side of the interval to lead 9-4.

Wilson responded well with a 97 but Higgins won the last two to leave himself two frames from victory at 11-5.

Deja vu for Fu

World number eight Fu has got used to doing things the hard way at this year's tournament, having fought back from 7-2 down to beat Luca Brecel and recovered from 4-1 behind to see off Neil Robertson.

There seemed little chance of a comeback when he trailed world number one Selby 5-0, the Leicester man finding some of his best form to compile breaks of 80, 72 and 94.

Fu went more than an hour without potting a ball before taking a scrappy sixth frame and making it 5-2 with a stylish break of 60.

But Selby got Fu in a fuddle on the final red and went on to take a four-frame advantage at 6-2. They resume on Wednesday.


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