Ken Doherty compiled two century breaks as the Dubliner recorded an impressive 4-1 victory over Chris Wakelin at the Northern Ireland Open.
Doherty also had a knock of 52 to add to a pair of 101 breaks as he advanced to the second round in Milton Keynes, with the coronavirus pandemic preventing the tournament being staged in Belfast.
Judd Trump's defence got off to a serene start, while Ronnie O'Sullivan also eased into the next round.
Trump is looking to win the title for a third successive year and the world number one beat Gerard Greene 4-1 thanks to breaks of 105, 55 and 88.
Trump said on World Snooker: "I’m pretty happy with how I played. In a best of seven, if you go behind it is always tough. Losing the first frame you are always under a bit of pressure.
"I got back into the match quickly and potted a lot of good balls."
"It is disappointing not to be in Belfast this year. Hopefully I can maintain my record, get a third in a row and take it back and defend it in Northern Ireland."
He has beaten Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final for both of his previous victories and another meeting could be on the cards after O’Sullivan beat Jamie O’Neill 4-1.
The 2020 world champion made breaks of 60 and 57 before finishing the job with a table-clearing 125.
There were also wins for three-time world champion Mark Williams and Kyren Wilson.
However, world number six Shaun Murphy was dumped out, losing 4-0 to Ryan Day, who produced breaks of 84, 107 and 79.
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