World number seven Mark Allen and 2013 runner-up Barry Hawkins booked their place in the second round of the World Championship.
Northern Irishman Allen led debutant Mitchell Mann 6-3 overnight and won four frames without reply, finishing a morning’s work with a break of 67.
Hawkins set up a second-round date with Ronnie O’Sullivan thanks to a 10-5 victory over China’s Zhang Anda.
He rounded off the match with a tournament-high break of 141.
“I was awful at times – I was so lucky to be 6-3 up,” said world number 11 Hawkins. “I could easily have been 6-3 down with the way I was playing.
“I’ve got to play quite special in the next round. If I can put Ronnie under a little bit of pressure, hopefully I can give him a game. If not, he will bash me up with a session to spare.”
Elsewhere, world number five Judd Trump – the second highest seed left in the tournament – trailed UK Championship finalist Liang Wenbo 6-3 after their afternoon session.
Chinese duo take charge
And on a good day for China’s top two players, Ding Junhui led world number 12 Martin Gould 5-4 after a thrilling morning’s play on table one.
Ding, who had to qualify for the tournament, scored four half-centuries and a 110 and led 4-1 and 5-3.
But Gould, 34, finished the session trailing by just one frame thanks to a magnificent ton.
The Londoner pulled off some breathtaking pots and took advantage of an outrageous fluke on the final blue to reach his century going into Wednesday’s evening session.
Mann ‘lost the faith’
Mann, 24, admitted he struggled to retain his belief in his defeat against Allen.
“I started great for my first time out but I just seemed to lose a lot of faith in my cueing,” said the Birmingham professional.
“I didn’t really want to take on many balls and that shook my confidence. It’s very different to the qualifiers. There’s no hiding out there.”
Allen said: “He missed a few in the second session. He didn’t play his best. I’m very happy to get through a comfortable winner.”
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