Among them,somehow is the defending champion Neil Robertson who,despite still suffering from a flu like virus,showed a deep desire to defend his title by coming through in another final frame decider 5-4,this time against Yu Delu.So obvious is his discomfort that I don't think any snooker fan would have thought any less of him for pulling out of this event,but to his great credit he has battled for every frame in every match and although it hasn't been pretty at times,he is still here.
He will face another test of his resolve in the next round where he faces Graeme Dott after the Scot beat young Belgian star Luca Brecel 5-2.
Home favourite Ding Junhui produced probably the best snooker of the tournament so far when he beat JOhn Higgins 5-2 to book his quarter final place, The score here could have been a lot closer,but for a Higgins miss on frame ball yellow as he tried to level things up at 3-3.Ding pounced to clear to make it 4-2 and never looked back as he sealed victory in the next with a classy break of 124.
He will now face mark King who brought the fine run of Jamie O'Neil to an end,beating him in the end 5-3.
Ricky Walden also produced a fine performance to get past recent World Open Champion Shaun Murphy 5-3 and he will now play Ali Carter who put his seasons struggles behind him to beat Peter Ebdon also by a scoreline
Elsewhere Mark Selby ended the hopes of Jimmy White beating the veteran 5-1,a scoreline which doesn't do justice to how close some of the frames were,and he will now meet Mike Dunn who beat Craig Steadman 5-3.
Quarter Finals Draw
Ricky Walden v Ali Carter
Neil Robertson v Graeme Dott
Mike Dunn vMark Selby
Ding Junhui v Mark King