Williams cruises to opening Asian PTC2 victory

Mark Williams and Stuart Bingham began their Asian PTC2 campaigns by whitewashing local amateur opposition in the round of 64 on Tuesday.

Williams reached the last four of the Shanghai Masters ranking event the previous week, losing to runner-up Judd Trump in the semi-finals while Bingham made it to the quarters, with both receiving first-round walkovers in Yixing.

Williams defeated Ju Reti 4-0 while Bingham shut out Wong Yu Chen by the same score to reach Wednesday’s last-32 stage, where further local opposition awaits.

Former two-time World champion Williams will play Wang Linhan while Niu Zhuang awaits Wuxi Classic runner-up Bingham.

World number 37 Rory McLeod did not fare so well against unknown opposition, however, losing a final-frame decider 4-3 to Zhang Yang.

Ding Junhui, Mark Davis and Ricky Walden were also taken to a seventh frame, but were able to get past Oliver Brown, Liu Chuang and Yu Delu respectively.

Up next for Ding is Tang Jun while Walden will meet Tom Ford, who received a walkover against Andy Lee.

Other notable third round fixtures include Matthew Stevens v Liang Wenbo and Jamie Jones v Joe Perry.

Rounds three and four and the quarter-finals will be concluded on Wednesday, with the semi-finals and final on Thursday.

Asian PTC2 Round Two results

Stuart Bingham 4-0 Wong Yu Chen

Niu Zhuang 1-4 Cui Ming

Li Yan 4-2 Hu Hao

Michael Holt 2-4 Jin Long

Li Yuan 4-2 Hossein Vafaei Ayouri

Cao Yupeng 4-1 Xu Xinjian

Wang Linhan 4-1 Guan Zhen 

Ju Reti 0-4 v Mark Williams 

Ding Junhui 4-3 Oliver Brown

Pa Ruke 2-4 Tang Jun

Yu Delu 3-4 Ricky Walden

Tom Ford w/o Andy Lee

Cai Jianzhong 0-4 Liang Wenbo

Matthew Stevens 4-1 Lin Yongzhi

Marcus Campbell 4-1 Zhao Xintong

Zhou Yuelong 4-1 Zhang Anda

Chen Zhe 4-0 Wang Hen

Shi Hanqing 4-2 Li Yinjin

Rouzi Maimaiti 2-4 Barry Hawkins

Rory McLeod 3-4 Zhang Yang

Mei Xiwen 4-1 Paul Davison

Li Hang 2-4 Marco Fu

Cao Xin Long 4-2 Lu Ning

Xiao Guodong 4-3 Tian Pengfei 

Ben Woollaston 4-2 Lu Haotian