Mark Selby beats Stuart Carrington to reach the quarter-finals of the International Championship

Mark Selby is in the last eight
Mark Selby is in the last eight

Defending champion and world number one Mark Selby beat Stuart Carrington 6-3 to book his place in the quarter-finals of the International Championship.

Selby - a lifelong Leicester City fan - has spoken in recent days of how the tragic events at the King Power Stadium on Saturday night have affected him this week but he hasn't allowed it to have a negative impact on his snooker as he bids to win this title for a third year in a row.

Carrington ensured Selby had another tough workout, though, and actually led 2-1 thanks to breaks of 57 and 70 in frames two and three.

Selby duly levelled the scores before the mid-session interval and although falling behind again moments later, he typically found his touch when it was most required.

A run of 85 drew him level once more and he then rattled off the next three frames with breaks of 77 and 53 to seal his 6-3 victory and set up a quarter-finals clash with Neil Robertson who beat Yuan Sijun 6-4 in their last-16 encounter.

Cool Carter marches on

Ali Carter maintained his impressive form in China by seeing off a stern challenge from impressive youngster Akani Songsermsawad.

Akani drew first blood and despite Carter roaring back with a magnificent break of 132 in the second frame, a run of 62 was enough to put Akani 2-1 in front.

Two breaks of exactly 70 handed Carter both frames either side of the mid-session interval before he led 4-2 having won a scrappy frame six.

Another tactical frame ensued in frame seven and this time it was Akani who edged it before he levelled the scores again at 4-4 with a century of his own, this time 110.

Carter held his nerve, though, breaks of 53 and 56 helping him dominate frame nine before taking the next to seal his spot in the last eight.

He will face a resurgent Mark Allen in the quarter-finals after the Northern Irishman overpowered Alife Burder 6-1.

Stevens stuns Ding in epic

Matthew Stevens rolled back the years to cause in a massive upset in his clash with home favourite Ding Junhui.

Stevens, a dual Crucible finalist, has found results hard to come by in recent years but despite struggling badly in the early stages of this match, found his form just at the right time to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Stevens rattled off breaks of 67, 127 and 63 to win three of the last four frames and set up a meeting with Martin O'Donnell who beat David Glibert 6-1.

Elsewhere, Judd Trump and Jack Lisowski will meet for a place in the last four having seen off Yan Bingtao and Martin Gould respectively.


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