Williams seeks home comforts

12 February 2019 07:14:47 EST

Mark Williams thinks it is about time that a Welshman won the Welsh Open after struggling to beat Kishan Hirani in the first round.

Last year's world champion edged to a 4-3 victory in a tight all-Welsh affair in Cardiff.

Williams, who was the last Welsh winner of the tournament in 1999, said afterwards: "It was a tough game. He made a couple of good breaks and his safety had me in trouble.

"It would be good for the tournament if any Welshman had a run. It's unbelievable how none of us have done any good in recent years. It could be because the home pressure gets to us."

Meanwhile Judd Trump, who won last week's World Grand Prix in Cheltenham, beat Harvey Chandler 4-0.

He said: "It was nice to get through so I can have a bit of time off before my next game. I have come here to try to win the event so I want to prepare properly.

"My mentality at the moment is that I don't want to drop a frame, so I'm trying my best to win every frame I play. I always enjoy coming to Cardiff because the fans here love their snooker and I always get fantastic support."

Defending champion John Higgins thrashed Graeme Dott 4-0 and is 2/7 to beat Dominic Dale in the next round while Robbie Williams is available at 6/5 to get the better of Anthony Hamilton.

Shaun Murphy recorded a 4-1 win over Adam Stefanow while Jak Jones defeated Matthew Stevens 4-2 and Jack Lisowski won the last three frames to beat Niu Zhuang 4-3.

Zhou Yuelong edged out Stephen Maguire 4-3, Lukas Kleckers eased to a 4-0 victory over Peter Ebdon, Ken Doherty thumped Sean O'Sullivan 4-1 and Scottish Open champion Mark Allen saw off Mark Joyce 4-2.

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