INDIAN stars Pankaj Advani and Aditya Mehta kept alive their hopes of winning their first ranking event on home soil after they reached the last 16 stage of the Indian Open.
Advani followed up his first round win over Marcus Campbell by beating World Open winner Mark Allen 4-2 and Mehta secured a place in the third round after a 4-1 win over Hammad Miah.
Should Advani and Mehta win their next matches against Stuart Bingham and Mark Williams respectively, the Indian stars will meet each other in the quarter-finals.
Williams showed signs of the form which won him his two world titles when he knocked out world number two Mark Selby with a 4-1 win.
And Bingham booked his place in the third round after beating Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon 4-2.
Elsewhere, world number 96 Gary Wilson earned a fabulous and memorable win after beating Australian Open winner Marco Fu in a seven frame thriller to reach his first last 16 appearance in a major ranking event.
Four times world champion John Higgins thrashed Chinese star Li Yan 4-0 to earn a round three clash against Ding Junhui who beat Mark Joyce 4-3.
Michael White, who made the quarter-finals of this year’s World Championship, came back from 2-0 down and 3-2 down to beat Zhang Anda.
Day three also saw wins for Liang Wenbo, Robbie Williams, Anthony McGill, Mark Davis, Mike Dunn, Stephen Maguire and Joe Perry.
Indian Open – Last 16 draw
Neil ROBERTSON vs Liang WENBO
Ding JUNHUI vs John HIGGINS
Anthony McGILL vs Joe PERRY
Mike DUNN vs Robbie WILLIAMS
Michael WHITE vs Gary WILSON
Mark DAVIS vs Stephen MAGUIRE
Stuart BINGHAM vs Pankaj ADVANI
Aditya MEHTA vs Mark WILLIAMS