Matthew Stevens: Welshman stuns home favourite Ding Junhui

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Matthew Stevens has twice reached the World Championship final, losing in 2000 and 2005

Welshman Matthew Stevens stunned home favourite Ding Junhui to advance to the quarter-final of the International Championship in China.

Stevens came back from 3-1 down to win 6-5 on a day where Ding, Yan Bingtao and Yuan Sijun were all eliminated.

Stevens, who has slipped to 56 in the world rankings, was taking on a player who is currently ranked seventh.

“It’s a massive win, I had never beaten Ding before to do so… gives me a lot of confidence,” Stevens said.

“I haven’t played great this week but I’m still here. I still like the buzz out there, that’s what we play for.”

Elsewhere, Neil Robertson beat teenager Yuan 6-4. Ali Carter defeated Sunny Akani 6-4, while Mark Allen beat Alfie Burden 6-1.

Quarter-finals:

Mark Selby v Neil Robertson

Judd Trump v Jack Lisowski

Martin O’Donnell v Matthew Stevens

Mark Allen v Ali Carter

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