Ricky Walden picked up from where he left off at last week's British Open in a 4-1 win over Fraser Patrick on Wednesday in the qualifying round of the Northern Ireland Open in Leicester.
The three-times ranking event winner lost 4-3 to champion Mark Williams in the quarter-finals of the season's second ranking event in Leicester, but has put that defeat quickly behind him.
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Walden produced breaks of 57, 81, 58 and 62 in a polished performance against the world number 112 Scotsman that helped him reach the last 64 and the televised stages of the Belfast event.
World number 41 Robert Milkins ran out a 4-0 victory against 1995 world finalist Nigel Bond with the highlight of his performance producing a 95 run in the third frame.

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Former Masters finalist Joe Perry suffered an early exit in losing 4-2 to Oliver Lines.
Perry made 113 in the second frame and 52 in the fourth, but could not stave off defeat with the world number 69 compiling 76, 117 and 73 to progress to the last 64.
It has been a slow start to the campaign for the world number 21 Perry, who has also suffered elimination in the first round at the Championship League and British Open.
But there was a better outcome for former Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King, who completed a 4-1 win over Li Hang in his qualifying match.

Northern Ireland Open qualifying results

  • Ricky Walden 4-1 Fraser Patrick
  • Robert Milkins 4-0 Nigel Bond
  • Xu Si 4-2 Michael Georgiou
  • Yuan Sijun 4-1 Matthew Selt
  • Mark King 4-2 Li Hang
  • Lü Haotian 4-2 Zhao Jianbo
  • Ben Woollaston 4-0 Lukas Kleckers
  • Oliver Lines 4-2 Joe Perry
  • Duane Jones 4-3 Zhang Jiankang
  • Alfie Burden 4-1 Chen Zifan
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