World Championship Day 9 - The fight for the quarter-finals
|Enter the Rocket|
So there's no wonder why the real fighter within each player has tried to prove his immortality today.
Ronnie O'Sullivan (also the defending champion) started a pretty interesting re-match of the last year's final with Ali Carter on Saturday and continued it today, on the same note (more or less).
So if the first session ended with the Rocket in charge of the situation at 5-3, the second one didn't have a very different result, the lads ending 16 frames with the same O'Sullivan in the lead (at 9-7).
|Carter managed to put pressure on his opponent|
Ronnie used a break of 86 to break the ice and get the second session under way, but Carter restored the two-frames gap after hitting in runs of 43 and 73 and got closer to his opponent, at 6-5, after a brilliant 87.
Just as the lads were ready to have their 15-minute break, Ronnie pulled one of this special century breaks (105), to make the scoreline go 7-5.
|Smiling King has a lot of catching up to do|
Same result but between different players: Ding Junhui managed to turn tables against Mark King, after the Englishman ended their first session leading 6-2, and put his nose in front at 9-7.
|Ding turns tables against the King|
But the little Chinese who's been favourite to the title for some years now, didn't stop there. He also took the lead for the first time since the beginning of the match (7-6) and even though King managed to level up by winning the 14th frame, Ding re-took control of the session with an 81 and reassured his position with a great 103 for a 9-7 scoreline.
Ricky Walden ended his first session with Robert Milkins by taking the role of the leader (5-3) and he very much continued to do the same in the second one, that finished on 10-6.
|Walden takes a comfortable over-night lead|
Still, Milkins carefully avoided for the match to have only two sessions and with a bit of help from runs of 21 and 77 he won frames 13 and 15, while the 14th was clinched on the black. The scoreline was 9-6.
A bit shaken up, Walden started making mistakes, but he ended the session on a bright note as a top break of 51 offered him a comfortable over-night lead of 10-6.
Stuart Bingham and Mark Davis are also amongst those fighting for a place in the QFs, but it seems like the real fight will be given tomorrow, as the lads are all square at eight apiece after two sessions.