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O’Sullivan and Ding poised to go to the wire at the Crucible

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and China’s 2016 world finalist Ding Junhui will enter the final session of their second round world championships clash tied at 8-8 after honours were shared on Saturday.

The pair began the second session at 4-4 but Ding opened up a 7-5 frames lead in the best of 25 clash including two century breaks.

O’Sullivan – who has not reached the last four at the championships since losing to Mark Selby in the 2014 final – came back strongly.

He went 8-7 up by winning three frames in just over half-an-hour only for Ding to level the session and the match with the final frame.

Whoever comes out on top in Sunday’s session plays three-time world champion Mark Williams in the last eight.

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