Stuart Bingham moved within one match of the Crucible after dismantling Chen Zifan.
The 2015 world champion rarely looked troubled against the world number 81, top scoring with a break of 120 as he routed his opponent 6-1.
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Bingham edged a tight opener before knocks of 61 and 56 saw him open up a three-frame advantage.
Chen hit back with a timely 67, but Bingham’s 120 and another half-century left the Englishman one frame from victory.
He duly delivered at the first opportunity, his opponent dragging out the contest by trying – and failing – to draw snookers on the final colours.
Elsewhere, two-time world finalist Ali Carter moved into the final round of qualifying with a 6-4 win over Pang Junxi.
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Carter made knocks of 69, 64, 71 and 64 to set up a clash with Alexander Ursenbacher.
Chinese duo Xiao Guodong and Zhao Xintong also progressed with wins over Ian Burns and Kacper Filipiak respectively.
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