Ronnie O'Sullivan returned to winning ways as he saw off Andy Hicks to reach the second round of the World Grand Prix in Coventry.

O’Sullivan was beaten 6-1 by John Higgins in the semi-finals of the Scottish Open last week.

The Rocket, though, did not need to find top gear to come through against Hicks, making just one half-century break in the final frame to comfortably progress into round two on a 4-1 scoreline, where he will face Hossein Vafaei.

The Iranian, who defeated O’Sullivan 5-0 at the German Masters last month, chalked up breaks of 119 and 62 as he beat Gary Wilson 4-1.

O’Sullivan revealed he had almost been late for his match, having been enjoying a pre-game snack. He told ITV: "I only got to the venue about 10 minutes before the game today.

"If there is a Marks & Spencer around with a cafe, I can never resist the scones with clotted cream and a cup of tea. I managed to arrive just in time.

"It was a nice crowd today and a great venue, it’s good to be here. When I started this run of tournaments, I just looked on it like a road trip.

"I have really enjoyed it. I have just had two days in a spa, getting treatments and massages.

"I actually feel more tired for doing nothing, I am so relaxed it’s hard to get going. Hopefully after a day here I will liven up a bit."

Elsewhere in the afternoon session, Scottish Open champion Luca Brecel missed out on the chance of a maximum as he defeated Northern Ireland’s Jordan Brown.

The Belgian scored a century break in the opening frame and 57 in the next then looked on for a 147 chance in frame three, but lost position on the 12th red on the way to a 4-1 victory.

Brecel will next meet Jimmy Robertson, who came through 4-2 against Matthew Selt.

Defending champion Judd Trump later suffered a second round exit against Tom Ford, who had beaten John Higgins in the last round.

World number two Trump, who has not won a ranking title since March, took the opening two frames, but Ford responded with breaks of 133 and 65.

The match went to a deciding frame, which saw Trump miss the chance to wrap up victory with a missed black as Ford returned to the table to edge it 61-51 and secure a memorable result as he moved into the quarter-finals.

Neil Robertson made breaks of 108 and 74 as he beat Anthony Hamilton 4-1, and the Australian will next meet Yan Bingtao, who coasted to a 4-0 win over Martin Gould.