Ricky Walden delighted by UK Championship progress

Ricky Walden of England in action against Barry Hawkins of England during the Semi Final match of the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on May 4, 2013
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Ricky Walden expresses his delight after earning a surprise win over Ding Junhui in the fourth round of the UK Championship.

Ricky Walden has expressed his delight after beating Ding Junhui in the fourth round of the UK Championship.

The Englishman earned a surprise 6-4 victory on Wednesday to stop his opponent's chances of becoming the first player since 1990 to win four consecutive ranking events.

"It was a tough game," Walden told BBC Sport. "He's flying at the moment, scoring so heavy and he's the man to beat, so when you do get your chance and you feel like you've blown it, there's nothing worse. I didn't play my best but I stuck in there."

Walden will now face either Judd Trump or Mark Allen in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Ding Junhui of China looks on in his match against Barry Hawkins of England during the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on April 30, 2013
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