Stephen has successfully qualified for the Crucible stages of the 2016 World Championship by making it through to the semi-finals of the ongoing China Open in Beijing.

Coming into the tournament, he knew that at least a run to the semi-finals was required if he was to avoid having to qualify for the tournament and he has delivered with victories against Gary Wilson, Jack Lisowski, Dominic Dale and Alfie Burden.

Stephen will now play Judd Trump in the semi-finals tomorrow of the China Open.

The 2016 World Championship will run from 16th April 2016 until 2nd May 2016 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.