John Higgins produced a solid performance on day two at the Hantang Autos World Open in Yushan. The four-time World Champion made two centuries in a 5-2 victory over 2015 Rookie of the Year Oliver Lines. From 3-2 up Higgins compiled breaks of 112 and 69 to wrap up the win. The Scot will face Riga Masters finalist Michael Holt in the last 32.
“I’m very pleased to beat Oliver. I think he is one of the best young players on the tour and is going to have a great future.” said Higgins.
Ding Junhui attracted a large crowd for his last 64 clash with Robin Hull. The Chinese sensation put on a clinical display in front of his adoring fans, making breaks of 71,54 and 53 on his way to a 5-1 victory.
“Every snooker lover is entitled to have a favourite player. I think each player just has to do the job as well as possible to be appreciated by the fans,” said Ding. “My safety was better today. Robin Hull was a top player when I was starting out. He missed a few balls and I took my chances.”
Ricky Walden wasted no time in reaching the last 32, as he looked to remedy an early exit last time out in India. The 33-year-old made breaks of 83, 62, 72 and 103, as he saw off David Grace 5-1 in just over an hour and a half. Next up for the Chester potter is recently crowned Indian Open Champion Anthony McGill.
World Champion Mark Selby is also through in Yushan. He defeated world number 66 Alfie Burden 5-2, sealing victory with a run of 79 in the final frame. The 33-year-old faces Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in tomorrow’s last 32.
Malaysia’s Thor Chuan Leong produced a magnificent turnaround against Luca Brecel. Thor had looked set for an early exit, as the talented Belgian Brecel charged into a 3-0 lead. However, Thor struck back taking five frames on the bounce to stun Brecel and seal a 5-3 victory.
Graeme Dott had to summon all of his fighting ability to win the only encounter of the session to go the distance. 2006 World Champion Dott made two centuries as he edged out Welshman Duane Jones 5-4.
There were also wins for Chinese stars Zhou Yuelong and Liang Wenbo, who saw off Huang Jiahao and James Cahill. The pair carded 5-1 and 5-2 wins respectively.
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