Six-time world champion Steve Davis cruised through his wildcard clash at the Shanghai Masters on Monday, seeing off Zhu Yinghui 5-1.
Davis, now 55, was only denied a whitewash win when his home opponent cut in a tricky brown and subsequent long blue to take the fifth frame. Davis` reward is a first-round meeting with Ricky Walden.
Robert Milkins also came through his clash by shading Zhou Yuelong by the odd frame in nine, while Jamie Jones saw off Lu Ning 5-2. Marco Fu squandered a 4-3 lead against Lu Haotian, eventually losing 5-4.
Fu will have been disappointed to lose to Lu, who at 15 is the youngest player in the tournament, while England`s Mark Davis will have been unhappy at going down to Mark Williams by the same scoreline in their first-round clash.
Welshman Matthew Stevens also made an early exit, losing in the first round to Joe Perry 5-2.
Back in the wildcard clashes Ryan Day was a 5-0 victor over Wang Yuchen and Mark King beat Zhao Xintong 5-3.