Ding Junhui recovered from three frames down to draw level with Ali Carter in the first session of their quarter-final match at the Pukka Pie UK Championships in Telford.

Carter started strongly, picking up from where he left of yesterday by taking the opening frame with a superb break of 124 and the 2009 Welsh Open winner was able to double his lead after winning a long safety exchange with his opponent.

Frame three continued in the same fashion with Ding Junhui struggling to stamp any authority on the match and Carter took full advantage taking a 3-0 after fluking the final red, but Ding replied well and produced hard fought break of 76 to pull one back and trail 4-1 at the mid-session interval.

The 22-year-old from China carried his momentum into the second half of the opening session and a well executed break of 76 followed by an 81 drew him level with Carter who was visibly shaken by his opponents sudden form.

Ding continued to dominate proceedings to the annoyance of Carter who expressed his disgust with his own performance by storming out of the arena after the 7th frame after presenting the lead for the first time in the match to Ding Junhui.

Things did however improve for the World Number five in a scrappy final frame of the afternoon session, in which both players made two unforced errors on the pink, but it was Carter who overcame and pulled the scores level once more heading into this evenings conclusion.


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