Qualifier Ding ready for Crucible seeds

Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui won a record-equalling five major ranking titles in 2013-14

Former world number one Ding Junhui came through the final round of World Championship qualifying and says he is the player seeds will want to avoid in Thursday’s main draw.

The 29-year-old Chinese thrashed 1995 Crucible runner-up Nigel Bond 10-2 on Wednesday.

Former world semi-finalist Ding was required to qualify at Pond’s Forge after his ranking dropped to 17.

“It doesn’t matter who I play,” he said. “They don’t want to play me.”

Ding lost only seven frames across his three qualifying matches and will pose a serious threat when paired with a top-16 player in the first round of the tournament, which starts on Saturday.

Also through to the main draw is 2002 champion Peter Ebdon, who likewise came through 10-2, against fellow Englishman Ian Burns.

More to follow.

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