International Championship 2012 - Day 4

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Only 14 years old, but one hell of a player - Lu Haotian
As the days go bye more and more surprises come to life, one of them being the fact that Lu Haotian is surely one hell of an opponent and knocked out of the competition one more important player, Dominic Dale by 6-5.

Also with an important victory on his hands was Ricky Walden, who overcome a slow and loooong match against world number one, Mark Selby, to end it on a 6-3 scoreline, while India's Aditya Mehta was sent packing by a merciless Judd Trump, 6-0.

It was with the help of two half century breaks that Dominic Dale was assuring a 3-1 lead in front of the 14-year-old lad from China, Lu Haotian, but his dominance wasn't going to last too long, as the his opponent stormed in and draw level, the players going hand in hand until the last frame that was decided on the blue, pink and black.

Ebdon is playing it cool
A small mistake of sending the black ball into a pocket a bit too early and Haotian cleared the table to win 6-5 and earn a place in the quarter-finals.

Next in line for a "promotion" into the Last 8 was Ricky Walden who survived what seemed to be an endless battle of cues against Mark Selby by 6-3, in order to set a snooker meeting with Peter Ebdon.

And since we are on the "Ebbo" chapter it must be said that mo matter how much did Stephen Maguire want to avenge his 2012 China Open loss, it didn't happen. And not only that it didn't happen, but it also had a small resemblance with the scoreline of the final, with Ebdon hammering him 6-1.

Aditya Mehta's run ends in the Last 16 round
Aditya Mehta experienced the thrill of playing against one of the most powerful and active players on the Main Tour, Judd Trump, while on the telly. And as the first couple of frames showed it, he didn't stand a chance.

It was with breaks of 98, 48, 44, 62, 56 and 65 that Trump whitewashed Mehta 6-0 and put an end to what was a pretty awesome first major-ranking-event participation.

Neil Robertson is also a name to be found amongst the ones playing in the QFs, as the Australian player beat Matthew Stevens 6-2, at the same time Marco Fu sending home Mark Davis after a 6-4 scoreline.

Shaun Murphy met Ding Junhui in a match that had its ups and downs, with Murphy taking a brilliant start and flying at 4-1 (breaks of 59, 52, 103 included) and Ding catching up with him at four apiece, before losing his fluency and letting "The Magician" win 6-4.

Mark Allen revenged his first-round exit from this year's World Championship by beating Cao Yupeng 6-2, now preparing to meet with Judd Trump, in the next round.