Betfred.com World Snooker Championship 2012 - Perry powers past Dott
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From the early stages of the match it looked that three-times ranking event finalist Ryan Day would give Ding Junhui a close match for his money as he finished their session yesterday with a 5-4 lead featuring top runs of 63 & 77 from the Welshman.
When they resumed today it was a relatively slow affair with no century breaks between the pair but it was Ding who from 6-4 behind managed to win five frames in a row to leave himself on the cusp of victory at 9-6.
However Day inspired by the thoughts of his daughters Francesca and Lauren produced sublime snooker to level the match at 9-9. In the decider, Ding got the best scoring chance first but missed a simple red with the rest on 48 leaving Day in to clear up to the pink for the match.
After the match Ding wasn't in the best of moods for obvious reasons but there was one thing in particular he wasn't happy about 'The crowd were rubbish, they kept shouting out on the shot. People say Chinese fans are bad but English fans do it also.
'I played bad, the table was rubbish but I kept trying to concentrate on the match but the crowd distract me.'
Day though was thrilled to have gotten through 'It was a huge win for me. I have struggled in recent years especially in the qualifiers.
'I really struggled with the PTCs when they first started last year. I didn't realise initially how key they were to the rankings.'
Speaking about the amount of qualifiers winning their opening matches at the Crucible this year 'It was a definite help for us moving the qualifiers closer to the start of the tournament. We have had tough matches and have been much sharper.'
The other match to finish in the morning was Graeme Dott v Joe Perry with the Cambridge cueman coming through 10-1 there, read the match report here.