Defending champion Mark Williams fought off a Marti

Gould fightback with a 10-7 win.Gould pegged Williams back from 9-4 to 9-7, before the Welshma

n eventually managed to get himself over the line and boo

k a second round meeting with either David Gilbert or Joe Perry.

Williams, who also lifted the trophy in 2000 and 2003, said

, “It was a tough first round match and I thought I played quite well.

“I just think my form has been improving for the last month or two and

it showed there. Even though the last few frames were a bit scrappy, overall it was good.”

In the day’s other matches, 2010 champion Neil Robertson of

Australia stormed to a 9-0 lead over Michael Georgiou of Cyprus. World number 14 see

d Luca Brecel of Belgium fought back from 3-2 down to lead England’s Gary Wilson 5-4.

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