MARTIN O’DONNELL claimed the biggest victory of his career yesterday, beating Ding Junhui 6-4 to set up a dream UK Championship quarter-final clash today with Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Englishman O’Donnell, 32, had never previously won a match at the tournament before this year but continued his brilliant run in York with a battling performance and brilliant result against the two-time former champion.
‘I’m very proud,’ O’Donnell said. ‘It’s fair to say Ding didn’t play his A-game but I was hanging on and fighting out there and then got better as the match went on.’
Meanwhile, Joe Perry came from 3-1 behind to beat Judd Trump 6-4. Perry, who sealed victory with a magnificent 136 clearance, will play Tom Ford in the last eight.
A delighted Perry said: ‘I didn’t do a lot wrong when I was 3-1 down. He is a super player so I am chuffed to beat him.
‘I am pleased with how I am playing. I am comfortable. I felt calm all the way through.’