Ding Junhui suffered a shock 6-3 defeat by Joe Perry within the gap match of this year’s Masters in London.
The Chinese language participant arrived in staunch-looking out create having obtained the UK Championship in York final month, but no matter a 135 ruin in frame two, he changed into as soon as never ahead.
Englishman Perry, the arena quantity 16 who reached the final of this occasion in 2017, changed into as soon as too consistent and breaks of 71, 93 and 83 secured victory.
In Sunday’s evening match, three-time winner Trace Selby faces Ali Carter.
Perry changed into as soon as the unlit outsider coming into the Masters, but he changed into as soon as inspired by returning to Alexandra Palace for the principle time since that appearance within the final when he misplaced 10-7.
The first four frames were shared however the 45-year-gentle chanced on his game after the interval with extra fluent ruin-constructing.
He’ll now play both Shaun Murphy or world #1 and defending champion Judd Trump within the quarter-finals.
“It feels handle a truly prolonged time since that final,” said Perry. “Nonetheless I changed into as soon as correct so elated to come again within the head 16. I’m 45 now and or no longer it is getting extra difficult. These younger players are so staunch.
“So I correct tried to construct the most of it and abilities it and I in actual fact did.”
Ding obtained the Masters in 2011 but his fortunes within the occasion secure dipped since then as he has obtained correct three of his final 12 fits.
Meanwhile, governing physique the World Snooker Tour (WST) says this will match Neil Robertson’s contribution to the Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation amid the ongoing bushfire crisis within the country.
Australian Robertson says he will donate £100 for every century made by all players at this year’s Masters, as effectively as contributing an further £5,000.