Higgins looks to cut out mistakes

WORLD CHAMPION John Higgins says he must cut out the mistakes when he faces Mark Williams in the second round of the Sanyuan Foods China Open after a scrappy win against Fergal O'Brien.

The Scot beat O'Brien 5-3 to set up a showdown with Williams after the Welshman beat England's Jamie Cope 5-3. Higgins did not have things all his own way in Beijing. Having produced 74 and 50 to go 3-1 up, O'Brien clawed one back and made a fight of it until Higgins finally settled matters with a 74 in the eighth frame.

"I'm very happy to win but there were lots of mistakes from the two of us," Higgins said. "If I play like that against Mark I'll lose. The last time I played him here was in the final four years ago and I lost 10-9, so I owe him revenge.

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

Sheffield-based Ding Junhui, the home favourite, survived a scare to beat Gerard Greene 5-3 and move into the last 16.

The 22-year-old will meet Mark Selby or Rod Lawler after eventually making two centuries and overcoming the England-born Northern Irishman.

Ding lost the opening frame before bouncing back to claim the next four and though he allowed Greene back in to make it 4-2, an impressive 107 saw him through.

Mark Allen will face Stephen Maguire in the next round after his 5-1 win against Graeme Dott featuring breaks of 102, 60 and 86.

Ryan Day advanced with a 5-1 win against Robert Milkins and Neil Robertson saw off Mike Dunn 5-2 to book a meeting with either defending champion Peter Ebdon or Judd Trump.

Marco Fu saw off little-known Belgian Bjorn Haneveer 5-2 and will next face Shaun Murphy or Nigel Bond.