Defending champion Neil Robertson recovered from 3-1 behind to beat Sunny Akani 5-3 in the opening round of the European Masters in Milton Keynes.

Robertson looked to be in trouble as Akani started brightly, with a break of 132 helping him open up a strong lead.

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But the world No 3 eventually found his rhythm and won four frames in a row to reach the second round.

Akani makes 132 total clearance

World No 1 Judd Trump started his campaign with a 5-0 win over Ukrainian 15-year-old Iulian Boiko.

Trump made breaks of 74 and 105 while Boiko - who celebrates his 15th birthday on Tuesday - was only able to score 44 points over the five frames.

Martin Gould beat world No 7 John Higgins 5-4 in a high-quality contest.

Gould made five 50-plus breaks while Higgins made four, but Gould won the last two frames of the match to clinch his place in the next round.

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Mark Williams shot out the blocks as three centuries saw him brush Ashley Hugill aside.

A month on from his quarter-final departure at the World Championship, Williams began the season with a 5-0 whitewash of Hugill.

The world No 10 started with a 121 in the first frame, with a 101 following in the third before he closed out the match with a 138.

World Championship runner-up Kyren Wilson breezed into the second round with a 5-1 win over Lee Walker.

Kurt Maflin lost 5-3 to Martin O'Donnell while Luca Brecel was a 5-0 winner against Steven Hallworth.

World No 14 Jack Lisowski battled through to the second round after edging Brian Ochoiski in a final-frame decider.

Lisowski led 2-1 but then trailed both 3-2 and 4-3 before winning the final two frames, taking the decider 67-29.

Ali Carter advanced 5-2 against Rory McLeod, who had knocked in 132 to level at 1-1 before his opponent reeled off four of the next five frames.

Ben Woollaston beat Sam Craigie 5-3, while Peter Devlin won by the same scoreline against Zak Surety.

Jimmy White lost the last three frames as he was beaten 5-4 by Ian Burns.

Germany's Lukas Kleckers has booked himself in for a clash with Trump on his return to the tour after beating Mark Joyce 5-3.

Michael Holt defeats Anthony Hamilton 5-3. Hamilton closed the gap to 4-3 before Holt took victory in the eighth in the all-Nottingham clash.

Monday 21 September results

Morning

  • Sam Craigie 3-5 Ben Woollaston
  • JackLisowski 5-4 Brian Ochoiski
  • JacksonPage 5-1 Billy Joe Castle
  • AliCarter 5-2 Rory McLeod
  • MarkWilliams 5-0 Ashley Hugill
  • Zak Surety 3-5 PeterDevlin
  • ScottDonaldson 5-2 Mitchell Mann
  • Lei Peifan 3-5 JoeO'Connor

Afternoon

  • Neil Robertson 5-3 Sunny Akani
  • Riley Parsons 5-4 Soheil Vahedi
  • Noppon Saengkham 4-5 Allan Taylor
  • Steven Hallworth 0-5 Luca Brecel
  • David Grace 5-2 Lu Ning
  • Kurt Maflin 3-5 Martin O'Donnell
  • Fergal O'Brien 2-5 Chris Wakelin
  • Kyren Wilson 5-1 Lee Walker

Evening

  • Judd Trump 5-0 Iulian Boiko
  • Lukas Kleckers 5-3 Mark Joyce
  • Michael Holt 5-3 Anthony Hamilton
  • Jamie Jones 5-1 Dominic Dale
  • John Higgins 4-5 Martin Gould
  • Ian Burns 5-4 Jimmy White
  • Matthew Selt 5-3 Li Hang
  • Jamie Clarke 5-3 Ricky Walden
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