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Williams passes Lyu test at China Open

ESPN staff
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Mark Williams secured a much-needed win © PA Photos
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Mark Williams survived a real scare to beat teenager Lyu Haotian and book his place in the last 16 of the China Open.

Williams, a three-time winner of the event, has been struggling for form this year and was handed the unenviable task of taking on 15-year-old Lyu and his home support.

Lyu showed flashes of real quality, but also made too many mistakes and it allowed Williams to edge over the line 5-2 despite being short of his best.

Williams claimed the opening frame, but Lyu - aided by a fluked green - hit back with a 55 in the second. The teenager moved 2-1 ahead and he had a chance to secure a cushion in the fourth, but broke down when in the balls and it allowed Williams to level.

It provided Williams with the breathing space he needed and a fluke helped him move ahead at 3-2.

Long potts proved elusive for Williams, but he dug in to move 4-2 ahead and he cashed in on a mistake from Lyu to knock in a 72 to seal victory.

Mark Selby produced a classy display in the evening session to mete out a 5-1 drubbing to Mark King. He sizzled throughout and came close to a 147 in the third frame, but he still posted three centuries in the match. Selby made 15 reds and 15 blacks, he cleared to the pink but ran out of position and rattled the final black in the jaws.

Selby's reward is a meeting with Ricky Walden who ran out a 5-2 winner Ken Doherty.

Barry Hawkins gathered himself after a mid-match wobble to claim a 5-3 win over Ding Junhui.

Ding was 4-0 down at the interval and had effectively put away his cue in the sixth frame as Hawkins had a pink into the middle for the match, but he left it on the table and a vocal Beijing crowd roared Ding back into the match.

The Chinese sensation had a chance to draw level, but he failed to take it and Hawkins steeled himself to set up a meeting with Stephen Maguire in the last 16.

Mark Davis was a 5-3 winner over Dechawat Poomjaeng and his reward is a meeting with Judd Trump's conqueror Jack Lisowski.

Neil Robertson whitewashed Jimmy Robertson 5-0, while Mark Allen cruised to a 5-1 win over Anthony McGill.

In the final match on Wednesday, Stuart Bingham beat Liang Wenbo 5-3 and he will meet Robert Milkins.

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