Four players inside and four players outside the top 16 in the world rankings remain in the hunt for glory.
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A total of six out of the top eight seeds have made it through to this stage for the first time since 2015.
The Australian won the last five frames of his first-round contest on Sunday.
It was the fifth time in the last ten years that O’Brien had participated in a deciding frame in the final qualifying round.
The China Championship quarter-final stage will be played on Friday with eight players left in the hunt for glory in Guangzhou.
There’ll be no top 16 players in the Riga Masters quarter-final stage as the first ranking event of the campaign reaches its conclusion in Latvia this Sunday.
Four Chinese players have reached the last 16 of the 2019 Gibraltar Open after the professionals entered the fray on Friday.
Barry Hawkins overcame Robin Hull 6-3 to qualify for the China Open as the qualifying stage got under way on Monday in Cannock.
Hossein Vafaei beat world number one Mark Selby to complete the Welsh Open quarter-finals octet late on Thursday in Cardiff.