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Ronnie loses first 3 frames of Ding quarter-final, but he's already started the comeback

Higgins, Selby and Hawkins all lead after the opening quarter-final sessions.

Ding and O'Sullivan: all square at 4-4.
Ding and O'Sullivan: all square at 4-4.
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RONNIE O’SULLIVAN AND Ding Junhui are level at four frames apiece after a rollercoaster start to their World Snooker Championship quarter-final at the Crucible.

Ding took the first three frames of the opening session to race into an early lead, and had a chance to go 4-0 up but missed an easy red to leave the door open and spark O’Sullivan’s comeback.

The Rocket followed up that clearance with break of 99 and 65 before winning the seventh frame on a respotted black to edge into the lead.

A 59 break in the final frame of the session saw Ding level the match at 4-4 ahead of this evening’s second session.

Elsewhere John Higgins leads Kyren Wilson 5-3, defending champion Mark Selby is 6-2 up against Marco Fu, and Barry Hawkins holds a slight 5-3 advantage over Stephen Maguire.

The quarter-finals are the best of 25 frames.

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