China's Zhou Yuelong became the only Chinese player to make it through to the quarterfinals at the ongoing Snooker English Open. The 22-year-old beat Andrew Higginson 4-0 with top breaks of 115 and 124 on Thursday to set up a clash with reigning champion Mark Selby. Three-time champion Selby fought hard to edge Iran's Hossein Vafaei 4-3 in a long battle in Milton Keynes. "I was lucky today because Hossein (Vafaei) and Liang Wenbo both had chances to beat me," said Selby, who also needed to win the deciding frame against China's Liang in the third round.
John Higgins during 2020 Players Championship in Southport, UK, February 25, 2020. /VCG
Elsewhere, China's top player Ding Junhui was outplayed by Scottish veteran John Higgins 4-1, failing to reach the quarterfinals. The duo shared the first two frames before Higgins took the next three in a row. Four-time world champion Higgins will take on Jak Jones for a semifinal berth on Friday. World No. 1 Judd Trump will face Kyren Wilson on Friday, while Australian ace Neil Robertson takes on Robbie Williams.
(With input from agencies)
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