China open curse continues as well.
I'd forgotten about that!
But, yeah! The Ding thread reaches match number 6 of a possible 8!
Another poster mentioned that Ding, as a qualifier, would have to win a total of 101 frames to become World Champion - he's now won 4 x 10 frames plus 1 x 13 frame match = 53 frames.
So, despite being in the Quarter-finals, he's just over half-way there!
48 more frames required (13+17+18)
Looking at Ding's record, some would be surprised that this is his 4th quarter-final at the Crucible. He is generally assumed to have a poor record here - but, he's no stranger to this stage. Indeed, he's actually beaten Selby in a Crucible quarter-final before.
He can definitely beat Mark Williams, I feel - and i'd just love to see Ding in the single-table semi-final stage!