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John Higgins unhappy despite win against Fergal O'Brien

John Higgins
Higgins has been crowned world champion on three occasions

World champion John Higgins said he must cut out the errors after a scrappy victory against Fergal O'Brien in the first round of the China Open.

Higgins beat the Irishman 5-3 to set up a second-round tie with Mark Williams but was not happy with his performance.

"There were lots of mistakes from the two of us. If I play like that against Mark, I'll lose," said the Scot.

"There's always pressure on your first-round game, so hopefully I'll have more confidence in my next match."

He added: "The last time I played [Williams] here was in the final four years ago and I lost, so I owe him revenge."

Higgins produced breaks of 74 and 50 to go 3-1 up but O'Brien clawed back a frame. However, the Scotsman triumphed with another 74 break in the eighth.

Williams reached the second round with a 5-3 victory against Jamie Cope of England.

The Welshman trailed 1-0 and 3-2, but breaks of 68 and 67 in frames six and seven gave the advantage back to the two-time former world champion and he stayed clear.

Australian Neil Robertson is also through to the next round after a 5-2 victory in his tie with England's Mike Dunn.

Last year's World Championship semi-finalist racked up two century breaks to book a meeting with defending champion Peter Ebdon or Judd Trump.


Robertson made 112, 88 and 102 in consecutive frames to go from 1-1 to 4-1 before closing out the match.

Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu also progressed, beating Barry Hawkins 5-3 and little-known Belgian Bjorn Haneveer 5-2 respectively.

Maguire made breaks of 88 and 73 to take a 4-1 lead against Hawkins, who clawed his way back to 4-3 before falling short.

Fu raced to a 3-0 lead against Haneveer after a break of 110, before a run of 95 put him 4-1 up.

Maguire will play Mark Allen in the last 16 after the Northern Irishman defeated Scot Graeme Dott 5-1, while Fu will face Shaun Murphy or Nigel Bond.

Welshman Ryan Day also booked his place in the next round after strolling past England's Robert Milkins 5-1, while China's Ding Junhui edged Ireland's Gerard Greene 5-3.

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