Kyren Wilson became the first semi-finalist in the Champion of Champions after winning his opening two matches of the event in Coventry on Tuesday.
In the last 16, Wilson once again got one over on fellow Englishman Judd Trump, who he dramatically overcame 10-9 to claim his maiden ranking event success at the Shanghai Masters earlier this season.
On this occasion he got the job done with a frame to spare, reeling off the last two frames with runs of 78 and 50 to inflict another early exit for Trump in what is becoming a particularly inconsistent campaign.
In the opening day’s first encounter, world champion Stuart Bingham surrendered a 3-1 lead to 17 year-old Zhou Yuelong to be dumped out in a decider against the young Chinese World Cup winner.
The encounter lacked any great deal of quality, with several uncharacteristic errors from Bingham allowing his opponent in to take advantage.
It prolongs a difficult period for the Crucible king, who has largely struggled to live up to his billing since his surprise triumph back in May.
The quarter-final pitted Wilson and Zhou in an open affair that had quite a few breaks above 50 between the pair.
When Wilson established a 3-1 lead at the interval courtesy of taking a close fourth frame, the 23 year-old was always just about in control of proceedings and he duly protected his advantage to eventually seal a 6-3 victory.
Wilson now awaits the winner of the dreaded bracket to be played on Friday which consists of world no.1 Mark Selby, Mark Allen, Barry Hawkins and Stephen Maguire.
First on Wednesday, a semi-finalist will be determined from the top half of the draw, with the in-form John Higgins up first against Ali Carter before Michael White takes on Joe Perry.
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