STUART BINGHAM says he has been impressed with Scott Donaldson's progress this season and is braced for a tough test against the young Scot at the China Open.
Donaldson, who has just turned 23, enjoyed the best result of his career last month when he beat China’s Zhou Yuelong 5-0 to reach the semi-finals of the Welsh Open.
And although he lost to Judd Trump, who in turn lost to Bingham in the final, Donaldson collected £20,000 in prize money which saw him move up from 77 to 67 in the world rankings.
Donaldson also beat Bingham 4-3 in a European Masters qualifier in September and Ballrun is preparing for another battle when they square off in Beijing on Monday, March 27.
Bingham said: "Him getting to the last four of the Welsh Open shows he is starting to find his feet on Tour.