John Higgins and Mark Williams both secured wins at China Open qualifying in Preston to book trips to Beijing.

John Higgins and Mark Williams both secured wins at China Open qualifying in Preston to book trips to Beijing.

The four-time World Champion Higgins made light work of Darryl Hill, with a 5-0 whitewash over the world number 101. With the score at 2-0 Higgins made consecutive contributions of 75, 75 and 59 to seal the win.

Williams was faced with a tough test against Chinese teenager Zhao Xintong. The 19-year-old recently recorded a 5-1 demolition of John Higgins to qualify for the German Masters. He started strongly this time out against Williams, making breaks of 54 and 77 on his way to a 3-1 lead. But the 18-time ranking winner Williams then turned up the heat, winning four frames in a row to run out a 5-3 victor.

Shaun Murphy looked to have dispelled any disappointment attached to his early Masters exit with a comprehensive victory over Sydney Wilson. The world number five cruised to a 5-1 win which sealed his passage to China.

Jimmy White continued his good form with a 5-4 defeat of Sam Baird. The Whirlwind had trailed 2-0 and was behind or level for the entire match until the final frame.  White clinched the decider to inflict Baird’s third consecutive first round exit.

1995 World Championship semi-finalist Andy Hicks rolled back the years to defeat the talented Belgian 21-year-old Luca Brecel. Hicks recorded runs of 85 and 52 on his way to victory which was settled in a tense 8th frame, Hicks won it to come through 5-3.

Just a few days after reaching the final of the Masters Joe Perry continued his rich vein of form. He thrashed David John 5-0 in under an hour to reach Beijing. The Gentleman made breaks of 68, 69, 94, 136 and 75 whilst restricting John to just 23 points throughout.


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