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Hello. January blues? Not hear the Alexandra Palace, because we got

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under way here today, the second of snooker's three big events, the

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Triple Crown events, in any given season. Only the top 16 get the call

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to come here in search of the prize of ?200,000, and this event has been

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producing unforgettable moments since 1975. Just when you think you

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have seen it all in this tournament, something else happens of the

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dramatic variety, and that is exactly what happened in our opening

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match this afternoon between the defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan

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who looked for all the world like he had blown his chance of making it a

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record seventh win in this great event when he found himself very

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definitely under the cosh against left-hander from China Liang Wenbo.

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When he was convinced he was going out, but then the left-hander had

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this black to complete a famous win, he won't forget that miss. Ronnie

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O'Sullivan knocked it into level the match, and he powered over the line

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in the decider, knocking in his highest break in the match, a first

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century of 121 to send a forlorn Liang Wenbo back home. So, follow

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that for pure drama. That is what was being asked of this evening's

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players. Ding Junhui, and Kyren Wilson, the world number 16 and the

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only debutant in this year's line-up. This fellow has rocketed up

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the world rankings over the last 12 months. He actually met Ding Junhui

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on his way to a breakthrough title in Shanghai in 2015, although it is

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China's most decorated player who holds the aces. Ding made his debut

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at six years of age -- 16 years of age, one it six years ago, and

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knocked in one of the few maximums. And he made the initial

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breakthrough, taking the opening frame. Could these boys match the

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afternoon for pure theatre? Maybe, because take a look at what is

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happening in the second frame, with Ken Doherty and John Virgo.

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KEN DOHERTY: I think that Ding is on this red, it is one that Kyren

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potted in the first frame. And what a shot. It was almost identical as

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the very first read in the first round.

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JOHN VIRGO: Yes, and it is almost a disadvantage to have the break shot.

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This is wonderful cueing. Writer the heart of the pocket.

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There is not many better than Ding Junhui in and around the black spot

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area. He break builds for fun. And he is one of those players that

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you really enjoy watching him make a break, because it is not all brute

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force and getting the red site, you will see him during a break, he

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plays someone the full little cannons and stun shots into reds,

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very precise, the way he goes about a break. He is having a close look

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here, the speed of the table caught him out. Can he get to this red? It

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is tight. He is having a look at the pack

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here. He has a wonderful angle on the black.

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Now it is making the right connection. He is going to need a

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little bit of pace, and every time you go into the pack of reds of this

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black you are looking for a bit of luck.

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Didn't go into it with much force, and he is closer to the cushion that

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he would have liked here. Difficult to get back on the black. He is

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digging down. This is a tough shot. He made it look very easy, excellent

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shot, well played! APPLAUSE

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This is a good shot, John. As you saw when he was striking down and

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the cue ball started to bounce, but he hit it absolutely beautifully.

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And he's not frightened to go for the maximum. He's made six 147s in

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tournament play. Well, will he play for the black

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office? -- off this? He may do. He is, he is playing down again.

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Couldn't have cued that any better with that.

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There is it typical example of Ding Junhui, the way he makes a break, he

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had a lovely angle to go into the pack of reds there, he is going to

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take the couple of loose ones, you would think, first. There is nothing

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wrong with that at all. We saw from that camera angle the middle red

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directly in line with the black pots as well in the corner pocket, right

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in the middle of the bunch, and he might get on that here. The white

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needs to travel a little bit more. It looks OK.

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Now, he's got a choice here, he can play this black, come off the top

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cushion and cannon into those two reds just below the pink, leaving a

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choice of reds. Couldn't have played it any better. Well done, that is

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eight reds and eight blacks. Could have just got away from that raid he

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is cueing over, but he doesn't have to do much with the cue ball. He has

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to be careful on the follow-through he doesn't touch the red. He needs

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the cue ball to move. He's OK. He had to be careful he didn't clip

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that Red with the cue on the way through. Wonderful shot, and it is

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still an! He made a maximum in this tournament, in 2007 he made a 147

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and the Masters, only the second player, I believe, to have done so.

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Well, he is now past the point where his opponent needs because, so 100%

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concentration, can he make the 147? Is he just about on this red, the

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bottom read he was trying to get an? Looks OK.

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Oh, he needs to hit it, it needs to run a little bit. He drops his head.

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What a shot this will be. He is going to have to go in and out of

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baulk. You play on a quick table, and you just start on the hit a

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little, but he had some margin of error there, he could have gone

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another three or four inches further up the table and had a choice of

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reds, so it is careless, but can he pot this red and get in and out of

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baulk and get back for the black? Will you try to go around the brown

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and back for the green? How is the cue ball? A flick on the

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brown, that looks very good! What a shot! If he had it in his hand, he

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couldn't have put it better than that. The adrenaline will be running

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now. UMPIRE:

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Now, he needs a good angle on the red to get on the final black.

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In goes the black. Slowdown, slowdown! That's just about perfect.

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Good plot, nice angle on the black to get up to the yellow.

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Slow down, cue ball, slow down! Oh, no!

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REFEREE: Settle down, please. That just shows what that little bit of

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tension in the arm can do. He had a rush of blood on that final black.

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Can he pull out a pot and a half now on the yellow. I think he is playing

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it to the left middle. Get in, you beauty! Oh, I'm lucky.

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And you can see the frustration as he rubs his head. Karen -- Kyren

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Wilson just broke off, and Ding Junhui is disappointed, he has won

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the frame, but you wouldn't think so.

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HAZEL IRVINE: Moments later, he was in complete command of this first

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round match, knocking in a 65 contribution to go 3-0 in front,

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totally outplay Wilson at this point, and it could have been 4-0

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until Kyren stole the fourth was a mid-session consolation, and in

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Richmond built on that take the fifth, so suddenly there is only one

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in it again as we head into frame six.

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No, he's not quite there with These young players rely so much in

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the long game. That's just off. They are going to struggle. It's better

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than Ding Junhui. Four out of aid. -- eight. Didn't seem that good to

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me. Just playing a little plant here, but you would think this was

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unmissable. He's unlucky not to leave a straightforward pot, but I

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don't think he'd make a mistake here. Of course, he has the pink

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available. And this is now a very good chance.

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And there's an interesting spectator, Patsy Fagan. Happy

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birthday, Patsy, 66 today, the 1977 UK champion. Nice to see him here,

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with Jeanette. Give us a smile. That's better. Happy birthday.

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A man you would have played quite a number of times over the years? Yes,

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I play him more at golf now. We need to renegotiate the handicap, he was

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getting the better of me last summer. He must have a good handicap

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to get the better of you, that's for sure. He has a good partner now,

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hitting the ball 300 yards, playing off 22. Shouldn't be allowed.

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Meanwhile, back on the table, this is a great opportunity for Ding

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Junhui. Pink at the moment available on the

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left corner, into the middle. He'll have the blue on its spot. Doesn't

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have to bother too much about the black. Although he could get the

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black interplay, in a couple of shots time.

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He had the nice angle on the blues, just as said. This will certainly

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help get rid of the red near the black spot, getting this in. He's

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looking at the red into the right centre come but I feel if he pots

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this red, gets on the back, gets it the spot.

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Pot this red, will clear the black to the left hand corner pocket.

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This is probably what the doctor needed, as far as Ding Junhui is

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concerned. He looked a little bit edgy. Should have won the frame to

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go 4-0. Looked a little bit edgy in the last frame and sometimes you

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need an easy opportunity just to get your arm going again. Popp-macro a

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few balls. -- Popp-macro a few We. We have seen this is when he is

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at his best, in the black spot area. 68, the target. Another 23 points

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required. 60 points the lead, 75 remaining.

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Red cover red required. So this red to go 67 points in

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front, just 59 remaining. So they do see it now, 73 ahead, no

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way back. That's a bit careless. But Kyren

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doesn't see any value in playing, so Ding Junhui goes two frames in front

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once again. It's now 4-2. HAZEL IRVINE:

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He took the seventh as well, to go 5-2 up. He's one frame away from

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breaking his north London duck. He's never yet won a match at Alexandra

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Palace. COMMENTATOR:

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Potting black and potting the black spot. Doesn't lead to any great

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advantage at the moment because the black is still not available to any

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corner pocket. He decided to go for the blue. He

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wanted a better angle on the blue, than this. Yes, he'll be

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disappointed. He wanted the cue ball almost touching the cushion, or very

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close to it. He would have had a nice angle putting the blue backdown

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for the red but now, he's not going to be close to these reds.

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There's a pathway when potting this red, he can just go left of the

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black, try and missed the red close to the top cushion on the left-hand

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side and back-up for pink or blue. He's found the gap nicely. Now how

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was the cue ball? Not bad. That was a nice pot. Leaves that --

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needs that cue ball to slow up a little bit but he's just about on

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the left to right corner. Just a bit short of pace. Another

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couple of inches would have been perfect on the blue. He'd be in a

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perfect position. Now, he's got a bit of work to do with the cue ball

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in playing this more difficult pink. 35 points, the lead, but still

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plenty of points left. Good cue ball control. Well, that's

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not too bad. It's not great. That's the problem with that. When

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you are going up for the blue, it's OK if you get a nice angle on the

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blue, but he's got a Finnish blue, looks like he's very straight on the

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brown. A little bit of work to do here.

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Played it nicely though. And surely that's the shot that will win him

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this frame. That was a similar blue that Ding missed. Earlier in this

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frame. As you said, the black will put him

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57 ahead, 59 remaining. That was a fine ball. Sense a little

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signal out to Ding Junhui that take your concentration, let it lapse for

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a second, there's still a match on here. Already this is his highest

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break of the match so far. 120 from Ding in the match, and this

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is the highest here from Kyren. This is a lovely shot.

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APPLAUSE Very nicely played.

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This would be a nice little feather in his cap if he could make a

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century here on his debut at the Masters.

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Oh, he just needed to avoid the black. Can he cut the green in? This

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will be some shot. Oh, what a shot that is! Fantastic.

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APPLAUSE He is going to need the black for a

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century. Yes, the pinks and 99. Well played! The scoreline has

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improved somewhat, too, but his first time at the Masters, debut

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with a century, but he still trails by two, and Ding is still one place

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away from a place in the quarterfinal.

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HAZEL IRVINE: Well played, Kyren Wilson marks his debut with a fine

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century, there is life in his opening campaign yet. The

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25-year-old from Kettering is the youngest and lowest ranked player to

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make it to the Masters this year, and he is in the balls again on a

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break of 16 in frame nine. JOHN VIRGO: Slowly but surely

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building up a lead, but as Ken said, he has got to somehow get in

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position to open that cluster of reds below the pink. He won't be

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able to get anywhere near the winning line in this frame without

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doing that. We thought earlier on the left-hand

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side of these two reds went to the far corner, obviously it didn't.

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Possibly now trying to play into the middle.

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Well, he could have played that better. He may now have to play for

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the red near the right-hand side cushion.

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Well, didn't want to risk playing for the red near the right-hand side

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cushion, and at that pace, that was a good pop. That was a tremendous

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pot at that pace. Not too bad, he played a yellow. He has missed the

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pack completely. Expecting to get the cannon here, and this could be a

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frame-winner. Same thing, got into it too much. It

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was a straightforward cannon. Seemed to get a little too much side on it.

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He managed white write a few reds, but with low value colours, he has

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only got a 34 point lead. Well, I was going to say he couldn't

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have played that any better, but now the red has gone safe, I will say

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it, he couldn't have played that any better!

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APPLAUSE What a pot that was. Is anything

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safe? Very straight on the black. I don't

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see how he can get enough pace to open those reds up. Mind you don't

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miss cue. Well, that was a good effort, but being so straight on the

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black and so close, he had to get the cue out of the way pretty quick,

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and it was hard to get the amount of pace. That is why he didn't get the

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pace on the cue ball, but he just missed them anyway, it was a great

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effort. And I think here, Ken, just signs that Kyren is beginning to

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fancy the job here. Yes, there is a bit more of a spring in his step.

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From Ding's point of view, you can't let your guard down for one second,

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not at this level. Kee will be disappointed, if he

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doesn't catch the beginning of the green for safety, this is it now. A

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half chance for Ding Junhui. He just needs to avoid the kiss on the red

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here. Well played. He is nicely on the blue. And we saw from that

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camera angle the red that is closest to the pink will pot as well, so he

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has got a choice of reds here. The red just below the pink does pot.

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Also the red to the right of the black, so he has more of a margin of

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error, so a chance for Ding Junhui. Nicely on the red, would have been

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nice to have an angle to try to restore some of the reds here, but

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he is pretty straight. Well, that is OK, but I would have thought he

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would make a bit more of an effort to try to nudge those four reds into

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play. OK, it may have involved him playing a little stunned, and

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imperative he gets a good angle on a colour here. Because none of those

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four reds in the middle of the table are available at the moment.

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So he's got the angle on the black, if these four reds brick nicely, it

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could be a frame and match-winning chance. S it's OK. That red has just

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flicked the pink, just look at this red, it just flicks the pink. It

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goes into a portable position to the left centre.

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Not completely ideal, he has to drop the pink in, but he has to judge the

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pace here. It needs to run a little bit. That

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is pretty good. Very good. APPLAUSE

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He needs a nice angle when potting this red on the black. He doesn't

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need to be too straight, just needs to play it off the top cushion. And

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a little bit of left-hand side, the cue ball over towards the red, for

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possibly the left centre pocket here.

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He has played it perfectly, excellent shot.

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In these situations, you look what could go wrong, and the fact that

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the green is half covering a straightforward yellow. He needs a

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good angle on the blue, so he has just got to be a little bit wary

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here that he doesn't bring the green interplay when playing position for

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the yellow. If the green was on its spot, there would be no danger, I

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would think he would win the frame and match, but it is just a little

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bit more awkward. You just wonder, will he try to check the cue ball of

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the baulk cushion. Well, that was a strange choice of positional shot,

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I'm not quite sure why he didn't just to write a check it up in a

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straight line, back-up between the gap of green and yellow. He could

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still have a go at this yellow into this bottom left-hand corner pocket.

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The green will act as a possible cover.

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Or he could just play the snooker, but it is worth having a go. What

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would be your choice, John? It is a frame and match-winning chance, I

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would take the yellow one. But he didn't, he decided to play

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safe, he has done it well and got the snooker, and a little tap on the

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table from Kyren Wilson. You have decisions to make, and now that

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looks like it was the perfect one, because Kyren has got the age-old

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problem, he has got to hit the yellow, got to get it safe, got to

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get it safe. And he has done! Superb.

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Where is this yellow going? Close to this bottom left-hand corner pocket.

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It definitely cuts. It's all about controlling the cue ball. Just

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beware of the right middle pocket. And if he gets position on the

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green, we have a new favourite for the frame.

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Watch the right middle pocket! Watched the right middle pocket!

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Oh... Those pockets are always in the same position. They never move.

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Settle down, please, thank you. Green and brown for a place in the

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quarterfinal. Looks all over now, Ken. Yes, that

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was an excellent shot on the green. Disappointment for Kyren Wilson. But

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he will have learned a lot from this experience. He knows he can play

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better. Just sometimes let the occasion get the better of you. He's

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had his chances. There's no doubt about that. But Ding Junhui, well,

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the second frame, if he hadn't have played a poor positional shot off

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the black, could have had a maximum. He has scored the heavier of the two

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and deserves this victory. Kyren Wilson will be disappointed, but

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Clare played to Ding Junhui. He's proved once again he's one of the

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top players in the world and certainly one of the top

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break-builders and he will be a handful for anybody. He moves into

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the second round. He beats Kyren Wilson by 6-3 frames. I played well

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today and I'm a bit disappointed with that maximum. I'm surprised to

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win, leading the game first. I've been away in the tournaments, the

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last tournament I haven't entered. But I did well today and I'm looking

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forward. I'm happy. I hit it so hard, the black, it's overhit, but

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is too much side spin. Too far. The first time I won six years, it's

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good, after New Year it's a good present.

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HAZEL IRVINE: He makes a good point because after

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winning in 2011 the event moved here to Alexander Palace and that was

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Ding Junhui's first win here in this venue since then. It's been quite a

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run of ill luck from his point of view, but he's through. After that

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maximum attempt earlier on, Judd Trump tweeted that Ding Junhui

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looked like he was beginning to become the first man ever to make a

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147 and his pyjamas. It's quite an eye-catching suit, isn't it? We'll

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have the breathless finale to that Ronnie O'Sullivan Liang Wenbo match

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coming for you next. It's in Snooker Extra. We are back at 1pm on BBC

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Two, with more live first-round action as John Higgins, the two time

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Masters winner, who is having a fantastic Masters season, takes on

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Mark Allen, a man who knows how to knock him out of this event. Twice

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before. It should be a cracking match. I hope you can be with us for

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it. Until then, it's goodbye from a Zaw Lin north London. -- it's

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goodbye from us all, in north London.

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To break someone physically... Agh! ..is not a problem.

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Nectar of the gods, I'm telling you. Thank you, Colonel.

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Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Sunday's first-round match featuring 2011 champion Ding Junhui against Kyren Wilson, who is making his Masters debut. The first to six frames advances to the quarter-finals.


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