Mark Allen and Judd Trump crashed out of the World Snooker Championship at the second-round stage in Sheffield on Monday after failing to claw back an overnight deficit against Ding Junhui.
The former finalist resumed 10-6 behind and despite staging a valiant fightback to pull within two frames of his Chinese opponent, he had left too much to recover and fell to a 13-10 defeat.
Ding, forced to qualify this year after falling out of the world’s top 16, looked set to cruise into the last eight after winning two of the first three frames to move within one more of victory.
But Trump’s gradual recovery seemed to unsettle his opponent until a messy 23rd frame eventually fell the way of Ding to book the fourth last-eight place of his career.
Rising star Kyren Wilson also reached the quarter-finals after holding his nerve to see off Northern Ireland’s Allen in the other match in the afternoon session.
Wilson resumed with an 11-5 advantage but Allen raised hopes of completing a spectacular fightback as he took the first four frames of the session to move within two.
But breaks of 51 and 71 secured a superb 13-9 victory for Wilson, the world number 19, who will now go through to face world number one Mark Selby in the quarter-finals.