Mark Williams thrashed Zhang Anda 5-0 to clinch his progression from BetVictor European Masters qualifying in Leicester.
The three-time World Champion’s only ranking semi-final appearance last season came in this event and today’s victory ensures he will be in Nuremberg for the final stages this time around.
Williams required just one hour and ten minutes to wrap up the win. He fired in breaks of 79, 104, 77, 69 to seal a comprehensive victory.
India’s Ishpreet Singh Chadha secured his first knockout event win as a professional with a superb performance to beat Ryan Thomerson 5-2. He crafted breaks of 131, 95, 69 and 53 on his way to victory.
Barry Hawkins made the final stages, despite conceding a 147 in his clash with Sean O’Sullivan. The Hawk ran out a 5-2 victor and crafted runs of 117, 90, 64 and 53 en route to the win.
Shoot Out champion Chris Wakelin won five frames on the bounce to beat Malaysia’s Thor Chuan Leong 5-2, while Jordan Brown defeated Ma Heilong 5-2.
The televised final stages of this world ranking event will run from August 22 to 27 in Nuremberg. For tickets click here.