Bingham survives epic Dott fightback to reach second round
Former world champion Stuart Bingham survived an epic comeback from Graeme Dott to reach the second round of the World Championship with a 10-9 win on Tuesday.
Bingham led 8-1 after a dominant opening session at the Crucible but he fell to pieces in an astonishing evening.
With nothing to lose in the evening session 2006 world champion Dott came out in an aggressive frame of mind.
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He opened with a century break of 114 and he quickly added to that with knocks of 70 and 77 to take the opening three frames.
Bingham moved to within one of victory in the 13thm but Dott took two more to move to 9-6 behind.
Then Bingham, already clearly struggling with the situation conceded the frame when he fouled three times when a red was visible.
Twice more Dott capitalised on mistakes from the 2015 world champion, and a break of 88 forced a decider.
Both players had their chances to win, with the tension at the Crucible evident for all to see, and eventually Bingham scrambled over the line.
He avoided being the victim of the event's second greatest comeback of all time with Cliff Thorburn blowing a 9-2 lead over Nigel Bond to lose 10-9 in the 1994.
On the other table Mark Allen had no answer to a blistering opening performance from Zhou Yuelong, who opened up a 7-2 lead.
Zhou edged a tense opening frame and he went on to win the first five frames, rounding off his run with a break of 101.
Allen finally managed to get on the board as he came from 57-0 to win frame six with a break of 68 but he still has work to do.
FIRST SESSION REPORT
Stuart Bingham raced to an 8-1 lead against fellow former world champion Graeme Dott in their World Championship first-round showdown on Tuesday.
2015 winner Bingham led 2-0 before Dott, champion in 2006, narrowed the gap back to one frame.
However, the Scot could only watch on as Bingham rattled off seven frames in a row.
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Breaks of 95, 56 and 80 helped 42-year-old Bingham move 5-1 up, and he stepped up another gear with a 107, 106 and 96 to move within two frames of victory.
Bingham has fared poorly at the Crucible since his 2015 victory, winning just one match since having exited in the first round in 2016 and 2018 and suffering a second-round defeat in 2017.
He will face four-time champion and last year’s losing finalist John Higgins if he does advance from Tuesday’s evening session.
Judd Trump - joint-favourite for the tournament after Ronnie O'Sullivan's exit - finds himself in a fight to stay alive against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh after falling 6-3 behind in their first session.
Trump produced a sparkling run of 141 in the fifth frame, but the Thai qualifier is in the driving seat as he made runs of 69, 60 and 54 to establish a three-frame cushion, including winning the final two frames.
16th seed David Gilbert will meet Mark Williams in the last 16 after a 10-7 win over Joe Perry.
First-round results & latest scores (best of 19 frames)
- Mark Williams (Wal) 10-7 Martin Gould (Eng)
- David Gilbert (Eng) 10-7 Joe Perry (Eng)
- Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Li Hang (Chn)
- Kyren Wilson (Eng) v Scott Donaldson (Sco)
- John Higgins (Sco) 10-7 Mark Davis (Eng)
- Stuart Bingham (Eng) 10-9 Graeme Dott (Sco)
- Shaun Murphy (Eng) 10-0 Luo Honghao (Chn)
- Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-1 Michael Georgiou (Cyp)
- Mark Selby (Eng) 10-7 Zhao Xintong (Chn)
- Luca Brecel (Bel) 9-10 Gary Wilson (Eng)
- Jack Lisowski (Eng) v Ali Carter (Eng)
- Mark Allen (NI) 2-7 Zhou Yeulong (Chn)
- Judd Trump (Eng) 3-6 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha)
- Ding Junhui (Chn) 10-7 Anthony McGill (Sco)
- Stephen Maguire (Sco) 10-9 Tian Pengfei (Chn)
- Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng) 8-10 James Cahill (Eng)