Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Snooker: Clinical Ding too hot for Williams

Former world champion Mark Williams bowed out of the Ladbrokes Mobile Masters in the first round yesterday, beaten 6-4 by Ding Junhui.

In a low quality game at Wembley Arena, Ding took the first frame after a well-controlled cannon into the pack of reds set him up for a match-winning break of 89, though he never looked to have real control of the cue ball.

Welshman Williams deftly drew level, but his 23-year-old opponent took the next three frames as both players stumbled though as their potting percentages dipped below 90%.

UK championship runner-up Williams edged Ding in the sixth — and most compelling — frame of the match to make it 4-2 but Ding quickly moved to 5-2.

World number three Williams threatened to make a game of it when he won the next two frames to reduce the deficit to 5-4.

However, the left-hander was made to pay for missing a chance to square the contest in the 10th frame as Ding booked his place in the second round.

"In the first few frames I had some luck," said Ding.

"But something changed after I got to 5-2. He came back very strongly. But I like to play here. I am feeling good at Wembley."

Meanwhile, Antrim’s Mark Allen will today clash with ‘Rocket’ Ronnie O’Sullivan in their opening round duel at Wembley.

The other first round match will see Marco Fu taking on Stephen Maguire.

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