Judd Trump is aware that he is not as mentally strong as some players and is desperate to bring more consistency to his game.
Trump, 1212/1 to win the Welsh Open outright, was fortunate to avoid a shock defeat in the first round in Cardiff, inching through 4-3 against the world number 113 Duane Jones.
Trump lost in the final 12 months ago - 9-8 to Stuart Bingham - and is keen to go one better this time.
"It was a battle - Duane played well in his home tournament," he admitted. "He is a solid player and he has improved. I missed too many balls during the match and got unlucky a few times.
"My results this season have been mixed, I have been inconsistent. Mentally maybe I am not as strong as some of the other players because I get spells where I don't want to play and I struggle to get up for some events."
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Jackson Page beat Sean O'Sullivan 4-3 and will face defending champion Bingham, who hit back to see off Chen Zhe 4-1, in the second round.
Graeme Dott thrashed Sanderson Lam 4-0 and will play Ronnie O'Sullivan, X to win the We1212/1lsh Open, next.
Australia's Kurt Dunham triumphed against Ryan Day 4-2 and Yan Bingtao hit back from 3-1 down to beat Jimmy White 4-3.
Ding Junhui eased to a 4-0 win over Hammad Miah while Neil Robertson defeated Mark Davis 4-1.
Mark Allen compiled a break of 119 during his 4-2 victory against Cao Yupeng and world champion Mark Selby saw off Christopher Keogan by the same scoreline.
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