Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson were among the winners in the last 32 of the BetVictor English Open. The last 16 takes place at K2 Crawley on Thursday evening.
However World Champion Mark Williams was the biggest casualty of the round as he lost 4-3 to China’s Zhou Yuelong.
O’Sullivan scored a 4-1 win over Matthew Stevens to move a step closer to a 34th career ranking title. He took the opening frame with a break of 75, then Stevens responded with a run of 90 for 1-1. Welshman Stevens scored just five points in the last three frames as O’Sullivan took them with a top break of 60. He now meets Eden Sharav, who reached the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time with a 4-0 win over Craig Steadman
Higgins compiled breaks of 98 and 105 in a 4-1 win over Martin Gould while Neil Robertson top scored with 102 in a 4-1 win over Alan McManus.
Stuart Bingham made a 131 as he edged out Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-3. Trump came from 2-0 down to beat Jack Lisowski 4-2 with a top break of 107.
World number eight Shaun Murphy slipped to a 4-1 defeat against Robert Milkins while China’s promising teenager Luo Honghao saw off Anthony McGill 4-2. Daniel Wells came from 3-1 down to beat Barry Hawkins 4-3 with top breaks of 80 and 78.
Tonight’s last 16 line up:
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Eden Sharav
Neil Robertson v Luo Honghao
Judd Trump v Ryan Day
Mark Davis v John Higgins
Ricky Walden v Stuart Bingham
Ali Carter v Daniel Wells
Robert Milkins v Noppon Saengkham
Stephen Maguire v Zhou Yuelong