Robert Milkins, Joe Perry and Graeme Dott were among those to book a last 16 spot at the Indian Open in Mumbai on Wednesday afternoon.
Milkins was in fine form in a 4-1 win over Joe Swail, knocking in breaks of 54, 84, 86 and 53.
“I played really well, every long ball I went for went in,” said Milkins. “I look at every tournament as a chance to win a title, but it never happens for me. I sometimes beat the top players but then lose to the lower-ranked ones. But this tournament has opened up and it’s a good chance for me to do well.”
Perry top scored with 95 in a 4-1 win over Rod Lawler, while former World Champion Dott stormed to a 4-0 win over David Morris with a top break of 91.
Kyren Wilson showed his break-building ability in a 4-1 victory over Welsh Open finalist Ben Woollaston, compiling runs of 119, 52, 105 and 75.
“Ben is in great form so I knew I had to play well. I made a lot of good breaks and that’s what you need to do against the top boys,” said Wilson, who reached the semi-finals of the Betway Shoot-Out last week. “The tournament is anyone’s and I think I can go on and win it.”
Chinese duo Li Hang and Tian Pengfei progressed to the next round with 4-1 wins over Stuart Carrington and Mark Joyce respectively.
Mark Davis edged out Anthony McGill 4-3 while Jamie Jones made a 68 in the decider to beat Gerard Greene 4-3.