Judd Trump took just 72 minutes to beat Jimmy Robertson 5-1 and reach the last 16 of the China Open in Beijing.
Trump, seeking his first ranking title of the season, fired in breaks of 70, 97, 69 and 60 as he set up a match with Marco Fu.
World number seven Trump said: “I’m happy with how I performed today. I’ve got very good memories here because it was the first tournament I won in 2011 and I always get good support here. I haven’t done that well since the Masters in January so it’s important for me to do well this week. When I won this five years ago I had a lot of confidence going into the World Championship.”
China’s 15-year-old wild card Yuan Sijun saw his run end with a 5-2 defeat against Graeme Dott, while David Gilbert made a 102 in a 5-1 victory over Lee Walker.
Both Gilbert and Dott can gain a place in the top 16 by winning the tournament this week. Alongside Stephen Maguire, they are the only players who can knock Ding Junhui out of the top 16 ahead of the World Championship.
Dott, the 2006 World Champion and 2007 China Open champion, said: “Yuan is one of the best Chinese players I’ve seen, he’s got a good all round game and just needs a bit more experience. I was pretty nervous because I was under a lot of pressure and my opponent wasn’t under any. If he loses it doesn’t matter that much to him, whereas if I lose it’s a big story.
“Stephen Maguire is under pressure to get to the semi-finals (and possibly get into the top 16) because he only needs to win two more matches and he’ll be favourite in both of those. I need to win the tournament so I’m not really thinking about that.”
World Champion Stuart Bingham beat Ian Burns 5-3 with a top break of 90. “Ian’s a tough opponent, I had to work really hard,” said Bingham. “I had four breaks over 50 so I’m pleased with the way I played.
“There are only a few top 16 players left but that shows how much class there is lower down the rankings.”
Mark King came from 3-2 down to beat Shaun Murphy 5-3 with a top break of 82 while Dominic Dale top scored with 105 and 109 in a 5-3 defeat of Darryl Hill.
Tian Pengfei made a 133 in a 5-2 defeat of Michael Holt while Hong Kong’s Marco Fu saw off Robert Milkins 5-0 with a top run of 96.