Mark Williams, a winner of the World Championship in 2000 and 2004 was in great form against Graeme Dott as he eased in to the second round with a 10-4 victory.
Williams, 41 dominated the opening session 7-2 and extended it further on the second day to 9-2 to leave him requiring just one more frame. Dott delayed the inevitable by taking the next two, but Williams claimed the fourteenth frame to take the match.
I've been working hard lately and I've started wining frames in one visit, which has been unlike me over the last few years. I'm just looking forward to the next game now, it is nice to still be in, usually I'd be in the car on the way home by now.
Last year was really poor and I think I just wanted to do myself justice. I'm not saying I won't play utter rubbish in the next round but I'm still in it.
On paper you'd expect Neil Robertson to come through, and if he does it would be a real occasion and one to look forward to. He's one of the best players in the world but I am more than capable of beating anyone.
This tournament doesn't really start until you get to the second week, and the only time I've seen that recently is on the TV so I'm glad to get there.
Ronnie O'Sullivan moved in to the second round with a 10-7 victory over David Gilbert. O'Sullivan seemed to struggle for fluency during the match, but he did go on to win the opening day's play 6-3. This will have been his first competitive match for over a month, when a surprise first round loser to Michael Holt in the World Grand Prix.
Gilbert claimed the first frame on day two but with O'Sullivan was to take the next two to put him in an 8-4 lead. Though O'Sullivan lacked his usual high level of play he was able to trade frame with Gilbert to finally close out the match 10-7.
O'Sullivan will once again find himself in hot-water as he stormed out of the arena and failed to give any post-match interviews to the media.
Ricky Walden also moved in to the last 16 with a 10-8 win over Robbie Williams. Walden, who had reached the finals of the last two major tournaments struggled and found himself having to come from 7-5 down, taking 5 of the last 6 frames to set up a last 16 match against either John Higgins or Ryan Day.
It was a really tough game. There were lots of nerves and tension out there, the first session was probably one of the worst you could be involved in.
It was a struggle for both of us, I managed to get hold of the game in the end. I'm really pleased to come through that, I was getting frustrated, but I felt focused towards the end.
I played pretty good stuff after the interval tonight, I felt like I was making reasonable one visit snooker.
If it is Higgins next then it's going to be a monster game. He's one of the all-time greats; you've got to play well to beat him. I'm looking forward to the challenge.
Also through to the last 16 is Sam Baird who beat Michael White 10-7. There was little to choose between the two players as they traded frames for much of the match. White moved in to a 7-6 lead but Baird was to take the last four frames to claim the match.
Mark Selby, last years winner is 7/2 to do it again this year!
Ronnie O'Sullivan, runner-up last year, 5/1 to win this time!
Marco Fu, beaten semi-finalist last year, 20/1 to win!
Shaun Murphy, beaten semi-finalist last year, 22/1 to win!
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