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Ding sails through in Sheffield

Updated: Tuesday, 19 Apr 2011 07:44

Ding Junhui - Has yet to get past the second round at the crucible Theatre
Ding Junhui - Has yet to get past the second round at the crucible Theatre

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui breezed through to the second round of the Betfred.com World Championship this morning.

Armed with an 8-1 overnight lead, 24-year-old Chinese cueman Ding converted that into a 10-2 victory over Scotland's Jamie Burnett.

Masters champion Ding has never gone beyond the second round at the Crucible but has a chance of improving on that record this year.

His next opponent will be either Peter Ebdon or Stuart Bingham.

Ding had two centuries in the match and completed his success with a break of 71.

‘It feels all right, I'm playing quite well,’ Ding said. ‘I'm just concentrating on my game and trying to play my best.’

Now ranked fourth in the world, Ding was knocked out in the first round on his World Championship debut in 2007, and has reached round two in the three subsequent years.

He knows his second-round match this year will be no rollover.

‘Everybody tries hard here so it will be quite a difficult match to get through,’ he said.

‘Hopefully I can win this (one day). It feels good here. I get support from the Chinese students here and from the Sheffield supporters.

‘How confident am I? I'm a favourite but I'm not favourite to win. It doesn't matter how confident I am.’

Burnett said: ‘It was frustrating for me yesterday. Nothing seemed to happen.’

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