Haikou World Open 2013 – Day 3 Report

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MARK Selby will be hoping to put the record straight when he takes on Barry Hawkins for a place in the Haikou World Open quarter-finals.

Hawkins thrashed Selby 5-1 earlier this month in the German Masters quarter-finals and the pair will lock horns again on Thursday after they both recorded impressive first round wins.

The Jester from Leicester proved far too strong for 15-year-old Lyu Haotian in a 5-0 win which included five breaks of over 50 for the world number two star.

And despite losing the opening frame Hawkins looked in solid touch with a 5-1 win over against Ian Burns as top breaks of 60, 93 and 112 saw him ease through to the second round.

Elsewhere on Day 3, home favourite Ding Junhui was forced to battle hard for his place in the last 16 – beating a resilient Michael Holt 5-4. John Higgins also made it through after finishing on top in his all-Scottish battle against Alan McManus.

Stephen Maguire returned to action for the first time since his Welsh Open triumph eleven days ago and continued his winning ways with a 5-3 win over Marcus Campbell.

And the man who Maguire beat in Newport – Stuart Bingham – was in impressive form as breaks of 126, 96 and 63 helped him on his way to beat wildcard qualifier Zhao Xintong 5-2.

But there was more disappointment for Welshman Mark Williams as his bad form continued after suffering a 5-2 defeat to German Masters finalist Marco Fu. The Hong Kong star meets Ding in the next round.

Thursday will see all the last 16 matches take place. Top games include Bingham vs Higgins, Hawkins vs Selby, Ding vs Fu and Robertson vs Dott.

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