Mark Williams became the latest big name to crash out of the British Open following a comprehensive 4-1 loss to Ben Woollaston.
Williams, the 2021 winner, showed nothing like his form last year at the corresponding event as he registered an unusually low pot percentage and allowed Woollaston to run away with his victory.
The Welshman was the first to get on the board with a break of 78, but it was one-way traffic thereafter as Woollaston looked increasingly comfortable on the Marshall Arena baize.
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A match-high break of 64 got him on level terms, before three frames on the spin took him to the third round.
There was a scare at the end as Woollaston appeared to do himself damage reaching for his final pot, but it turned out to be cramp, and was perhaps reflective of the effort he had put in to down Williams.
Earlier in the day, Barry Hawkins cruised into the third round with a comfortable win over Kyren Wilson.
It was revenge for Hawkins after his heavy 9-3 loss to Wilson in the final of the 2022 European Masters in August, their last meeting on tour.
Hawkins was always in control on Tuesday night, striding ahead in frame one with a break of 72.
Indeed Hawkins made a 50+ break in each and every frame as his imperious form overpowered Wilson, and in the second he compiled a 120 visit which took him to a 2-0 lead.
Wilson hit back in the next to bring it back to 2-1, but Hawkins got back to the table thereafter, knocking in a 78 break to extend his lead back to two frames.
And with just one frame required for the victory, he rounded things off with a stunning 134 in front of the Milton Keynes crowd.
Wilson could be left to reflect on a match where he didn't do a lot wrong, but he just didn't get enough table time to douse the on-fire Hawkins, who - on this form - looks a good bet to go far in the tournament.
Hawkins goes on to face Steven Hallworth - who thrashed Hammad Miah - in the next round.
Aside from that tie, the third round has thrown up a number of other intriguing match-ups, such as Mark Selby v Cao Yupeng and Zhao Xintong v Noppon Saengkham or Fraser Patrick.


  • Ding Junhui or Joe Perry v Robbie Williams
  • Zhao Jianbo or Ian Burns v Yuan Sijun
  • Ben Woollaston v Jak Jones
  • Barry Hawkins v Steven Hallworth
  • Andy Lee or Yan Bingtao v Jordan Brown
  • Anthony Hamilton v Alexander Ursenbacher or Joe O’Connor
  • Gary Wilson or Zhang Anda v Li Hang or Mark Allen
  • David Grace or Xu Si v Dean Young or Judd Trump
  • Jamie Jones or Elliot Slessor v Chang Bingyu
  • Graeme Dott v Xiao Guodong
  • Craig Steadman v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh or Matthew Stevens
  • Mark Selby v Cao Yupeng
  • Chen Zifan or Ross Muir v Lyu Hoatian
  • Lu Ning v Jack Lisowski
  • Tian Pengfei or Jimmy Robertson v Gerard Greene or Ryan Day
  • Zhao Xintong v Noppon Saengkham or Fraser Patrick
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