Day comeback sends Ding packing
April 25, 2012 15:24:52 UK
Tenth seed Ding Junhui has become the latest big name to make an early exit from the World Snooker Championship, losing 10-9 to Ryan Day in the first round.
The Chinese looked poised for round two at 9-6 in front, but was unable to hold off a storming comeback from Welshman Day, who moves on to face another Chinese, Cao Yupeng.
Day is 1.53 to defeat Cao and reach the last eight, with his Chinese opponent 2.50 to continue his fine Crucible debut, having beaten Mark Allen in round one.
Meanwhile, three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has played down his chances of a fourth title, having dispatched Peter Ebdon 10-4 in round one to set up a clash with Mark Williams or Liu Chuang in round two.
O'Sullivan, now 1.25 to be crowned world champion again, said after a comfortable victory: "It's each match at a time really, there's no point getting carried away.
"I've had a decent season, but it would be nice to win a few matches here. I'm not going to get carried away though.
"Whatever happens now is a bonus for me. If I win then great, but if I don't it's not the be-all and end-all."
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