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John Higgins Advances in Turkish Masters

The Turkish Masters got under way on Monday with John Higgins among the early winners in Antalya.

The Scot overcame European under-21 champion Dylan Emery 5-2 to reach the last 32 of the new ranking event.

Higgins is hoping for a good run this week that will bolster his chances of a spot in the upcoming Tour Championship.

Zhao Xintong also progressed beyond the opening hurdle after a hard-fought 5-4 defeat of Michael White.

Already a UK and German Masters champion from this season, the Chinese competitor leads the way in terms of ranking earnings from this campaign.

Among the others to emerge victorious on day one were Graeme Dott, Martin Gould, Matthew Selt, and Michael Holt.

All four survived encounters that lasted the distance, important for Holt in particular who is battling to save his tour card.

Jordan Brown and Tom Ford enjoyed more routine 5-2 victories against Ashley Hugill and Anthony Hamilton respectively.

Elsewhere, Jackson Page hammered Simon Lichtenberg 5-0 and Si Jiahui upset Anthony McGill.

Si, an amateur top-up but the recent WSF Championship winner, is beginning to demonstrate more regularly the obvious talent at his disposal.

Meanwhile, there were three held-over qualifying round fixtures for the inaugural Turkish Masters as well.

Kyren Wilson thrashed Rory McLeod with a whitewash display to reach the first round proper of the tournament.

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Wu Yize were also comprehensive winners at the Nirvana Cosmopolitan Hotel.

On Tuesday, the Turkish Masters action continues with Judd Trump, Ding Junhui, and Luca Brecel among those entering the fray.

There is a champion’s cheque worth £100,000 on offer this week in the sport’s newest ranking event.

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Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Jamie Brannon

    Wilson scored 505 points to McLeod’s 9.

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