Walden Back To Winning Ways

Ricky WaldenRicky Walden won his first match since becoming a father by beating Li Ningning 4-0 in the last 128 of the Haining Open in China.

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World number ten Walden pulled out of last month’s Shanghai Masters after wife Natalie gave birth to their first child, and he then lost 4-3 to Gerard Greene on his return to the circuit at the Ruhr Open.

But the Chester cueman, who will be defending his International Championship title next week in China, enjoyed a comfortable win in his first match in Haining, albeit with a top break of just 47.

Four-time World Champion John Higgins also cruised into the last 64 as he beat Li Yan 4-1 with a top run of 77.

Oliver Lines

Oliver Lines – early exit

Robert Milkins compiled breaks of 80, 58, 100 and 74 as he beat Feng Zeyuan 4-2 while last season’s Yixing Open finalist Oliver Lines suffered a 4-1 reverse against Li Yuan.

Xiao Guodong saw off Qin Jianfeng 4-0 while China Open finalist Gary Wilson top scored with 83 in a 4-2 win over Huang Jiahao.

Dominic Dale enjoyed a 4-1 win over Wang Peng while Leo Fernandez edged out Matthew Selt 4-3.