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Williams Eases Through In Preston

Mark Williams secured a comfortable 6-1 victory over Thailand’s Boonyarit Keattikun to secure his place in next month’s International Championship.

Williams has enjoyed a strong start to the 2017/18 campaign, having reached a semi-final at the Riga Masters and two quarter-finals at the China Championship and World Open. The Welshman also became Six Red World Champion in Thailand earlier this month. Today’s victory ensures Williams another chance to impress in Asia. The two-time World Champion secured his progress thanks to runs of 56, 68, 87 and 129.

Stephen Maguire held off a resilient Alex Borg to come through with a 6-3 win.

It looked as if the 2004 UK Champion would have a short afternoon’s work after producing some scintillating snooker to storm into a 5-0 lead. The Scot strung together three consecutive century runs of 116, 129 and 111. However, Malta’s Borg managed to find a way back into the tie when he claimed three on the bounce to make it 5-3. Maguire eventually got over the line and secured his place in Daqing.

2015 International Championship finalist David Gilbert recorded a comfortable 6-1 win over Liam Highfield to book his spot in Daqing.

With the scores level at 1-1, Gilbert reeled off five frames on the bounce. He made breaks of 51, 74 and 83 along the way.

Xiao Guodong demolished six-time Crucible finalist Jimmy White 6-1. Xiao trailed 1-0, but contributions of 133, 68, 53 and 50 saw him win six frames in a row and ease to victory.

Robert Milkins came from behind to defeat Chinese teenager Yuan Sijun 6-4. Yuan moved 3-1 ahead, before Milkins claimed five of the next six frames to progress.

Akani Songsermsawad secured an impressive late night 6-4 defeat of three-time ranking winner Marco Fu. The Thai battled back from 4-2 down to turn the match on it’s head. With Songsermsawad leading 5-4, he finished off the win with a clearance of 44 to take the ninth frame on the black.

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