Bingham thrilled with "classic" victory

21 April 2021 17:45:53

Stuart Bingham is delighted to come through an epic clash with Ding Junhui at the World Championship but is expecting a tough test in the second round.

The 44-year-old Bingham booked his place at the tournament thanks to a qualifying win over Luca Brecel last week and he is determined to make the most of his time in Sheffield.

The 2015 world champion beat Ding 10-9 in a thrilling opening encounter after the Chinese star had come from 9-8 to just before the break to set up a deciding frame.

The final frame was understandably tense but Bingham held his nerve, pouncing on a miss from Ding to compile a matchwinning break of 70.

The Essex man advances to the second round where he will face Welsh qualifier Jamie Jones, who impressed during a 10-4 first-round win over world number eight Stephen Maguire.

Speaking after clinching victory over Ding, Bingham said: "I'm over the moon to get through that game, it was a classic match. The first eight or nine minutes of that deciding frame had some unbelievable safety.

"We weren't giving each other a chance. Luckily for me, he missed after he got in and I produced one of my best 70 breaks.

"It's going to be tough against Jamie Jones. He is probably playing the best snooker of his life. He is going to be one hell of a tough player."

Stuart Bingham is 4/11 to beat 11/5 opponent Jamie Jones in the second round.?Bingham is 20/1 to win the World Championship.

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