Struggling Fu makes winning start

12 December 2017 06:33:56 EST

Defending champion Marco Fu started his Scottish Open campaign by recording an impressive 4-0 win against Welshman Duane Jones in Glasgow.

Fu has endured a very poor season so far - he is yet to get beyond the last-16 of a ranking event - but he is 1/7 to triumph in his last-64 clash with Fang Xiongman.

Meanwhile, John Higgins, who was beaten 9-4 by Fu in last year's final, eased to a 4-1 victory against Jack Lisowski.

The four-time world champion said after making breaks of 54, 99 and 88: "I have good memories from getting to the final last year, so I will give it a go."

The tournament winner will receive a trophy named after the seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry, with proud Scot Higgins, 1/16 to beat Christopher Keogan in the next round, adding: "Every one of the Scottish guys would be thrilled to get a trophy named after their hero.

"When Stephen came onto the scene he became all of our heroes so it would be amazing to win."

Elsewhere, the world number three Judd Trump thrashed Robin Hull 4-0 while Stephen Maguire beat Alex Borg by the same scoreline.

Graeme Dott suffered a 4-2 defeat against Rory McLeod, while Michael White posted an impressive 4-0 win over James Wattana.

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