Reigning world champion Judd Trump defeated Joe Perry 5-4 in a gruelling encounter at the World Open.
Trump won the opening three frames with breaks of 135 and 74 as his goal was to quickly end it all and secure his place at the quarter-finals.
But it was no smooth ride for Trump as Joe Perry bounced back in style reeling off four frames on the spin – including a 123 and 129 – to inch within one frame of success.
The Juddernaut didn’t leave anything to chance as he fought back to take the match to a decider, and he finally clinches a tense final frame which dragged on for 38 minutes.
The World number one will now square off with Michael Holt for a slot in the semi-finals. Holt won home favourite Ding Junhui 5-1.
Ding, who has been considered the most successful Asian player in the history of the sport, could not prevent Holt from taking a 3-0 lead before getting his first and only frame on the scoreboard.
Holt then went on to win the last two frames, sealing his spot in the quarter-finals.
World number 9 – Kyren Wilson smashed Jack Lisowski away to reach the quarter-final with a 5-1 triumph.
After opening with a 77 and 86, the Warrior recorded centuries of 108 and 102 on his way to a much-admired win.
The Warrior faces Zhou Yuelong next after the 21-year-old Chinese player defeated Ali Carter 5-2.
Zhou Yuelong now remains the only indigenous player left after Ding Junhui failed to advance, battling for the top prize of 150,000 pounds on home turf.
The match between Kren WIlson and Zhou Yuelong is expected to be a tough one and will definitely serve some excitement.
Written by: Imisa Aruorihwo.