Matthew Stevens comfortably qualified for the British Open with a routine 4-0 success over Victor Sarkis on Friday in Leicester.
The Welshman compiled breaks of 59 and 51 to advance to the venue stages of the season’s third ranking tournament.
Stevens made the semi-finals of the British Open 20 years ago and will be hoping for a similar run when he competes at the Centaur in Cheltenham next month.
Joe Perry crashed out, however, after the Englishman went down in a 4-2 reverse against an improving Sanderson Lam.
It has been a positive start to the 2023/24 snooker season for Lam, who ended the last term with a defeat to Perry in the World Championship qualifiers.
Elsewhere, former Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown was beaten by Daniel Wells in a 4-3 thriller.
Brown led 3-2, but his Welsh opponent finished the contest in remarkable fashion by compiling a brace of century breaks.
Meanwhile, Chinese duo Lyu Haotian and Wu Yize secured respective triumphs over David Lilley and Martin Gould.
Thailand’s Noppon Saengkham continued his fine recent form with a 4-1 victory against Xing Zihao.
Thor Chuan Leong repeated that three-frame winning margin as he outplayed Alexander Ursenbacher.
Finally, Zak Surety wrapped up the proceedings for the fifth day of action at the Morningside Arena with a 4-2 defeat of Michael White.
On Saturday, the British Open qualifiers conclude with the highlight being the showdown between Stephen Maguire and Jimmy White.
There is live coverage in the UK on WST’s Facebook channel, in Europe on discovery+, and in other territories outside China on Matchroom.Live.
The top 16 seeds in the random-draw British Open have their fixtures held over to the venue stages in September.
British Open qualifiers schedule and results
Monday, August 14th
Lukas Kleckers 1-4 Si Jiahui
Ma Hailong 4-2 Ian Burns
Manasawin Phetmalaikul 1-4 Ishpreet Singh
Stephen Hendry 2-4 Muhammad Asif
James Cahill 1-4 Tom Ford
Louis Heathcote 2-4 Ben Mertens
Alfie Burden 2-4 Ken Doherty
Fergal O’Brien 4-1 Andres Petrov
Tuesday, August 15th
Hammad Miah 4-3 Zhou Yuelong
Robbie Williams 4-0 Pang Junxu
Oliver Brown 4-3 Himanshu Jain
Xu Si 4-0 Ricky Walden
Dominic Dale 4-1 Mark Joyce
Liam Pullen 0-4 Oliver Lines
Jenson Kendrick 1-4 David Grace
Adam Duffy 1-4 Scott Donaldson
Wednesday, August 16th
Graeme Dott 4-3 Zhang Anda
Baipat Siripaporn 1-4 Liu Hongyu
Rory McLeod 1-4 Tian Pengfei
Dylan Emery 1-4 Yuan Sijun
Andrew Higginson 1-4 Andy Hicks
Chris Wakelin 4-3 Andrew Pagett
Rod Lawler 4-2 Sam Craigie
Anthony Hamilton 4-1 Aaron Hill
Thursday, August 17th
Mohamed Ibrahim 4-3 Mink Nutcharut
Liam Graham 4-3 Cao Yupeng
Elliot Slessor 2-4 He Guoqiang
Andy Lee 1-4 Hossein Vafaei
David Gilbert 4-1 Ryan Thomerson
Jackson Page 2-4 Ashley Carty
Stuart Carrington 3-4 Ross Muir
Ashley Hugill 4-2 Jak Jones
Friday, August 18th
David Lilley 1-4 Lyu Haotian
Thor Chuan Leong 4-1 Alexander Ursenbacher
Wu Yize 4-2 Martin Gould
Noppon Saengkham 4-1 Xing Zihao
Victor Sarkis 0-4 Matthew Stevens
Jordan Brown 3-4 Daniel Wells
Joe Perry 2-4 Sanderson Lam
Michael White 2-4 Zak Surety
Saturday, August 19th
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-0 Reanne Evans
Mark Davis 3-4 Fan Zhengyi
Xiao Guodong 4-2 Marco Fu
Jamie Jones 4-0 Mostafa Dorgham
Stuart Bingham 4-0 John Astley
Matthew Selt 4-0 Liam Highfield
Julien Leclercq 4-2 Dean Young
Stephen Maguire 4-0 Jimmy White
Held over fixtures
(to be played in Cheltenham)
Monday, September 25th
Ryan Day vs Sean O’Sullivan
Luca Brecel vs Ding Junhui
Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Jimmy Robertson
Mark Allen vs Anthony McGill
Judd Trump vs Anton Kazakov
Mark Selby vs Ben Woollaston
Neil Robertson vs Jamie Clarke
Shaun Murphy vs Rebecca Kenna
Kyren Wilson vs Martin O’Donnell
Mark Williams vs Peng Yisong
John Higgins vs Long Zehuang
Ali Carter vs Allan Taylor
Robert Milkins vs Jiang Jun
Jack Lisowski vs Joe O’Connor
Gary Wilson vs Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Barry Hawkins vs Stan Moody
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