World champion Mark Selby and 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham made light work of their first-round opponents at the UK Championship.
Selby, who won the UK title in 2012, progressed with a comprehensive 6-1 win over fellow Englishman Andy Hicks.
Bingham won a scrappy opening frame but was in fine form thereafter, scoring three half centuries and two tons in a 6-0 win over Poland’s Adam Stefanow.
“I scored heavily and didn’t miss much,” Bingham, 40, said.
“I took my chances and if I keep playing like that I have every chance here.”
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World number 16 Mark Williams said he “struggled from start to finish” despite beating Jason Weston 6-1 to reach round two.
Williams, the champion in 1999 and 2002, lost frame two but was always in control against his English opponent.
The Welshman, who said he was struggling with a neck problem, added: “I had a couple of good breaks but overall it was poor.”
Scot Stephen Maguire, another former champion, is also through after beating China’s Cao Yupeng 6-1 at the York Barbican.
Ali Carter made four half-century and two century breaks in a 6-1 win over fellow Englishman Christopher Keogan.
Australian Neil Robertson, the UK Championship winner in 2013 and 2015, starts his title defence in the evening session from 19:30 GMT.
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