Ken Doherty will today face Stuart Bingham in the quarter-final of the Welsh Open after overcoming England's Tom Ford.
The Dubliner was 2-0 up, but his opponent battled back and a 101 break in the sixth frame brought the English player level at 3-3.
The 1997 world champion held his nerve to win the decider 71-23 to continue his good form after beating John Higgins in the previous round.
Pankaj Advani made history as his 4-1 victory over Graeme Dott saw him become the first Indian player to reach the quarter-finals of a world-ranking event. Advani, the multiple world billiards champion playing as a newcomer on the main snooker tour, finished with a superb break of 100.
MAX SORENSEN has earned a full-time contract with Cricket Ireland after an outstanding 2012 season in which he took 31 wickets in 21 games.
The 27-year-old fast bowler, who plays club cricket for The Hills, joins Alex Cusack, Trent Johnston, John Mooney and Kevin O'Brien on the top level of 'A' contracts announced yesterday.
Seven county cricketers plus school teacher Andrew White have been awarded 'B' contracts, while Merrion all-rounder Tyrone Kane is among four youngsters in full-time education to be granted 'C' contracts.
World No 1 Victoria Azarenka and second-ranked Serena Williams eased into the Qatar Open quarter-finals with dominant third-round victories.
Williams, the 15-times grand slam champion who could return to the top of the rankings if she wins the tournament, crushed Pole Urszula Radwanska 6-0 6-3.
Azarenka demolished American Christina McHale
6-0 6-0 in just over an hour and Russian third seed Maria Sharapova overpowered Czech Klara Zakopalova 6-3 6-3.
Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Ana Ivanovic 6-1 7-6 and will face Caroline Wozniacki, who defeated German Mona Barthel 7-6 6-3.