Zhang's tons secure Crucible spot

Eurosport - Tue, 09 Mar 20:19:00 2010

Chinese teenager Zhang Anda qualified for the Crucible after an astonishing finale against Ricky Walden.

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Zhang was locked at 8-8 with the world number 20 in their last-48 qualifying match at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, but took the initiative with a break of 134 to go within a frame of victory.

Walden made a good start in the 18th frame as he scored an early 32, but he let Zhang in again - and the Chinese player rattled in a second consecutive century to take the match.

Stephen Lee thrashed Mike Dunn 10-2 to secure his spot at the Crucible, while former world champion Graeme Dott successfully came through his match against Jimmy Michie 10-5.

"It was the best I have felt for a while," said Lee, a four-time ranking event winner.

"I have funneled my focus into practice lately, playing at a new club in Swindon. It's horrible if your season ends in a booth so I'm pleased to get through this."

Last-48 results from Sheffield:

Anda Zhang 10-8 Ricky Walden

Stuart Pettman 10-2 Stuart Bingham

Jamie Cope 10-5 Mark Joyce

Stephen Lee 10-2 Mike Dunn

Graeme Dott 10-5 Jimmy Michie

Gerard Greene 10-9 Rory McLeod


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