Mark Allen negotiated a difficult opening fixture because the 2023 British Open obtained beneath manner on Monday in Cheltenham.
The Northern Irishman, who was runner-up to Ryan Day within the rating occasion a 12 months in the past, compiled breaks of 94, 81, and 57 to beat Anthony McGill at The Centaur.
Following Ronnie O’Sullivan’s withdrawal and Luca Brecel’s defeat on day one, Allen has an out of doors shot at changing into the world primary for the primary time.
The Pistol must seize the title and the £100,000 high prize so as to usurp his two rivals into high spot on the official record.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t get a lot simpler for Allen, who has been paired with Kyren Wilson within the random draw for the second spherical.
A run to the final 32 this week may have been sufficient for world champion Brecel to leapfrog O’Sullivan into first place on the earth rankings.
However the Belgian Bullet was manner out of types for a lot of his contest with Ding Junhui – the Chinese language primary ultimately prevailing in a scrappy encounter that lasted the space.
Elsewhere, the opposite heavy hitters from the highest 16 who had their first-round matches held over to the venue phases all superior.
Native favorite Jack Lisowski was taken all the best way to a seventh body in a high-scoring battle with Joe O’Connor.
The 32 year-old countered his opponent’s breaks of 105, 65, and 64 with contributions of 133, 102, 77, and 69 of his personal.
Pre-tournament favorite Judd Trump survived a scare, preventing again from 2-0 right down to deny Ukraine’s Anton Kazakov what would have been a well-known victory.
Final 12 months’s winner Day loved a way more simple route by means of to the final 64, making a hat-trick of half-century breaks in whitewashing Sean O’Sullivan.
Shaun Murphy and Barry Hawkins, who’ve emerged triumphantly within the first two rating occasions of the 2023/24 snooker season, additionally recorded routine successes.
Among the many different high-profile contenders to advance have been Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Mark Williams, and John Higgins.
There have been wins as effectively for Robert Milkins, Gary Wilson, and Jimmy Robertson – the latter making the most of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s withdrawal with a 4-0 defeat of alternative Steven Hallworth.
On Tuesday, the spherical of 64 commences with loads of the identical names again in motion.
(held over fixtures)
Robert Milkins 4-2 Jiang Jun
Judd Trump 4-2 Anton Kazakov
Ali Carter 4-3 Allan Taylor
Luca Brecel 3-4 Ding Junhui
Gary Wilson 4-1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Neil Robertson 4-1 Jamie Clarke
Mark Allen 4-1 Anthony McGill
Mark Williams 4-1 Peng Yisong
Mark Selby 4-2 Ben Woollaston
Ryan Day 4-0 Sean O’Sullivan
Kyren Wilson 4-1 Martin O’Donnell
Steven Hallworth 0-4 Jimmy Robertson
Shaun Murphy 4-1 Rebecca Kenna
Jack Lisowski 4-3 Joe O’Connor
John Higgins 4-1 Lengthy Zehuang
Barry Hawkins 4-1 Stan Moody
Tuesday, September twenty sixth
Xu Si vs Ali Carter
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Oliver Strains
Ma Hailong vs Mohamed Ibrahim
Yuan Sijun vs Ben Mertens
Judd Trump vs Hammad Miah
Oliver Brown vs Hossein Vafaei
Lyu Haotian vs David Gilbert
Noppon Saengkham vs Fergal O’Brien
Roll-on / Roll-off
Si Jiahui vs Neil Robertson
Stephen Maguire vs Mark Williams
Scott Donaldson vs Liam Graham
Jamie Jones vs Julien Leclercq
Robert Milkins vs Barry Hawkins
Ken Doherty vs Matthew Stevens
Jimmy Robertson vs Wu Yize
Andy Hicks vs Graeme Dott
Roll-on / Roll-off
Jack Lisowski vs Shaun Murphy
Gary Wilson vs Chris Wakelin
Anthony Hamilton vs Xiao Guodong
Rod Lawler vs Dominic Dale
Wednesday, September twenty seventh
Fan Zhengyi vs Ross Muir
He Guoqiang vs Muhammad Asif
Daniel Wells vs Ashley Carty
Matthew Selt vs Zak Surety
Roll-on / Roll-off
Tom Ford vs Ashley Hugill
David Grace vs Sanderson Lam
Occasions to be confirmed
Ryan Day vs Thor Chuan Leong
John Higgins vs Robbie Williams
Mark Selby vs Tian Pengfei
Mark Allen vs Kyren Wilson
Ding Junhui vs Lyu Hongyu
Stuart Bingham vs Ishpreet Singh
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