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  Thursday, 25 April, 2002, 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK
Higgins speeds to victory
John Higgins of Scotland
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John Higgins made short work of his first round match against James Wattana - needing just 20 minutes of the final session to wrap up a 10-1 victory.

Last year's runner up led 8-1 overnight, after winning the first seven frames, and was in no mood to hang around to finish the job.

He took the 10th frame 129-0 and then sealed his passage to the next round when Wattana missed a black in the next frame.

On Wednesday, the number three seed fired in breaks of 62, 58 and 109 on his way to taking a 4-0 lead into the mid-session interval.

Wattana had his chances, but he looked short of confidence and was soon even further behind.

The rampant Scot knocked in a break of 136 and then followed it with a 116 to extend his lead to 7-0.

The Thai recorded a break of 53 to secure the penultimate frame of the day and avoid an embarrassing whitewash.

A break of 66 was enough to give Higgins the final frame and set up a quick fire completion on Thursday.

"I'm delighted with the way I played," said Higgins, the 1998 champion.

"I always seem to make some big breaks here and it's nice to start with three centuries, although it could have been five.

"I'm totally focused on this tournament and hoping to do some damage again."


(3) John Higgins (Sco) 10-1 James Wattana (Thai)
80-0 (62), 91-31 (58), 138-0 (109), 66-51, 60-48, 136-0 (136), 116-0 (116-0), 0-72 (53), 68-23 (66), 129-0 (71, 58) 61-60 (54 Higgins, 60 Wattana)

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