Snooker - Williams wins World Open opener

Robbie Williams set up a meeting with former Crucible semi-finalist Andy Hicks as the qualifiers for the 2013 Haikou World Open began in Sheffield.

Williams beat David Grace 5-2 but three more qualifying matches stand between him and a place in the event proper which begins in China on February 25.

Results:

Robbie Williams 5-2 David Grace

Scott Donaldson 5-4 Aditya Mehta

Liam Highfield 5-2 Daniel Wells

Tian Pengfei 5-3 Passakorn Suwannawat

Michael Leslie 5-3 Michael Wasley

Chen Zhe 5-1 Gareth Allen

Li Yan 1-5 Duane Jones

Kurt Maflin 3-5 Martin O’Donnell

Craig Steadman 4-5 Justin Astley

Dechawat Poomjaeng 5-1 Mohamed Khairy

Paul S Davison 4-5 Sean O’Sullivan

Tony Drago 4-5 Sam Baird

Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 5-0 Joel Walker

Ian Burns w/o Jamie O’Neill

Zhang Anda 5-3 Michael Wild

Pankaj Advani 2-5 Simon Bedford