Ding edges Xiao to qualify for last 16
Chinese No 1 Ding Junhui beat compatriot Xiao Guodong 6-4 to reach the last 16 at the UK Championship in York on Tuesday.
Ding, ranked eighth in the world, will next take on England’s Martin O’Donnell, who is ranked 59th.
“I started well and then I struggled a bit,” said Ding. “Once I got to 5-4 I had to go for it. I feel I am playing better with each match.”
In earlier action, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu lost 6-3 to England’s Jack Lisowski, and former world No 1 Judd Trump set up a clash with Joe Perry by beating Mark King 6-2 with a top break of 100.
Australia’s Neil Robertson edged out Scotland’s Graeme Dott 6-5 in a match between two former world champions.