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O'Sullivan advances as Tian stuns Fu

WORLD No. 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan survived a tough opener at the China Open last night, rallying to beat Fergal O'Brien 5-3 to reach the second round in Beijing.

The two-time China Open champion and favorite trailed 0-1, 1-2 and 2-3 against O'Brien, but fought back each time to see off the gritty Irishman.

O'Sullivan will take on Xio Guodong of China in the last 16.

Xio, 20, toppled compatriot Ding Junhui 5-3 in a first-round stunner on Tuesday night.

Joining O'Sullivan in the second round will be Mark Selby, who produced a dominant display to beat Stephen Lee 5-1.

Selby, who made a break of 105 in the third frame, will face Scotland's Graeme Dott in the last 16.

England's Mark King caused a minor upset by defeating former world champion Mark Williams of Wales 5-2.

King will be up against another Welshman in the second round, when he takes on Ryan Day.

In another shocker, Tian Pengfei upset UK Championship runner-up Marco Fu of Hong Kong 5-2 to set up a last-16 clash with two-time world champion John Higgins.

The Chinese wildcard rattled off breaks of 73, 53, 72 and 105 on his way to a commanding victory over the 14th-ranked Fu, who lost despite producing two half-century breaks.

England's Stuart Pettman also advanced after beating Mark Allen of Northern Ireland 5-2. He will meet countryman Ali Carter next.

Dott beat Yu Delu of China 5-3, with the Scotsman getting a century break to take the opening frame.

England's Shaun Murphy had a straightforward 5-1 victory over another home favorite Cao Xinlong and will meet Neil Robertson of Australian in the second round.


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