Surprise package Jordan Brown seals place in Welsh Open quarter-finals

Antrim’s Jordan Brown set up a quarter-final clash with Mark Selby at the Welsh Open following a 4-3 victory over Mark King at Celtic Manor.

Brown, whose compatriot Mark Allen crashed out following a 4-2 defeat against Ali Carter, made his maiden ranking event last-eight appearance in the German Masters.

The 33-year-old defeated Swiss player Alexander Ursenbacher 4-3 on Thursday morning in the last 32 of the competition.

He opened with a break of 51 but King responded to take a 2-1 lead. Brown then levelled with a break of 74 before King edged ahead once again.

Antrim's Jordan Brown.

However, Brown prevailed in a tense sixth frame and secured victory with a break of 60 in his second comeback win of the day.

Meanwhile, Ronnie O’Sullivan remained on track for a record-equalling fifth Welsh Open title after breezing into the quarter-finals with victory over Zhou Yuelong.

The reigning world champion, who defeated Martin Gould in round three earlier on Thursday, dropped his first frame of the tournament against the Chinese player but was still a comfortable 4-1 winner.

Ali Carter awaits O’Sullivan in the last eight in Newport following his win over Allen, having earlier knocked out John Higgins 4-3.

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