Ding one win from Crucible place

Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui has won 11 titles at ranking events

China’s Ding Junhui progressed to the final round of qualifying for the World Championship with a 10-1 win over Scotland’s Ross Muir.

Former world number one Ding needed to win three qualifying matches to reach the Crucible after dropping out of the top 16 and is now one away.

He secured comfortable victories over Greg Casey and Muir and will now face Nigel Bond on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 1997 world champion Ken Doherty is also through to the final round.

He will now face Wales’ Ryan Day after winning 10-7 against Iran’s Hossein Vafaei Ayouri.

Elsewhere in round two of qualifying, Anthony McGill beat Craig Steadman 10-9 and will now face Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Liam Highfield beat Belgium’s Luca Brecel 10-8, Jack Lisowski won 10-5 against Rory McLeod while China’s Zhang Anda saw off Mark Davis by the same scoreline.

Two-time Crucible finalist Matthew Stevens thrashed Zhang Yong 10-3 while Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng secured a 10-5 win over Robin Hill.

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