John Higgins and Ding Junhui earn comfortable victories but Judd Trump is pegged back

Four-time World Champion John Higgins held off a rejuvenated Martin Gould on day four at the Crucible, whilst Ding Junhui also comfortably progressed against Zhou Yuelong. However, pre-tournament favourite Judd Trump finds himself 5-4 behind to Rory McLeod despite leading 4-0 at the mid-session interval. Gould revival is not enough Higgins had given himself an excellent platform to build upon with a 7-2 lead against dark horse Gould. Yet the World number 18 practised late into the evening on Monday and would have been buoyed by Marco Fu's comeback on the main stage just next door to the practise tables. Gould developed some much-needed momentum of his own, winning the opening two frames of the second session, formulating a break of 108 in the process. However, that spell required further frame victories and Higgins had the nous to build telling breaks of his own at crucial times. The duo went on to exchange frames over the...
World Championship Contenders: Seeds 8-1

World Championship Contenders: Seeds 8-1

By Chris Lincoln
In the second part of our World Championship special, we take a look at the eight best players on the planet and their Crucible pedigree....
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