Wenbo reaches quarterfinals in first for China

2008-04-29 02:03:35  China Daily      

China's Liang Wenbo celebrates after the second round match against Northern Ireland's Joe Swail at the Snooker World Championshiops in Sheffield, England, April 28, 2008. Qualifier Liang Wenbo became the first Chinese to reach the quarter-finals of the snooker world championship when he came through a tense deciding frame against Joe Swail to win 13-12 on Monday. (Xinhua Photo)

China's Liang Wenbo celebrates after the second round match against Northern Ireland's Joe Swail at the Snooker World Championshiops in Sheffield, England, April 28, 2008. Qualifier Liang Wenbo became the first Chinese to reach the quarter-finals of the snooker world championship when he came through a tense deciding frame against Joe Swail to win 13-12 on Monday. (Xinhua Photo)

China's Liang Wenbo competes during the second round match against Northern Ireland's Joe Swail at the Snooker World Championshiops in Sheffield, England, April 28, 2008. Qualifier Liang Wenbo became the first Chinese to reach the quarter-finals of the snooker world championship when he came through a tense deciding frame against Joe Swail to win 13-12 on Monday. (Xinhua Photo)

SHEFFIELD, England - Qualifier Liang Wenbo became the first Chinese to reach the quarter-finals of the snooker world championship when he came through a tense deciding frame against Joe Swail to win 13-12 on Monday.

Leading 9-7 at the start of the final session, the 21-year-old moved to within a frame of victory at 12-8.

He then saw Swail reel off four frames in a row to level at 12-12. The Northern Ireland player looked on course to win in the final frame before a missed brown handed victory to Wenbo.

Wenbo, who is making his debut at The Crucible, will now face tournament favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan for a place in the last four. O'Sullivan made a maximum 147 break on his way to beating fellow Briton Mark Williams 13-7 earlier in the day.