Ding hasn’t won a title since last season’s first Asian Tour event.
Ding Junhui and Marco Fu both started the Haining Open in China strongly with 4-1 wins on Monday.
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Home favourite Ding got the better of amateur Xu Si at the Asian Tour event, making top breaks of 121 and 57.
Hong Kong’s Fu came through a tricky test against promising Zhao Xintong and knocked in runs of 117, 78 and 98.
Ng On Yee came within on frame of a second round place
World Ladies champion Ng On Yee suffered a narrow 4-3 defeat against Ding Kai. On Yee led 2-0 and 3-2 but her opponent won the sixth frame on the colours then made a 106 in the decider.
Kurt Maflin beat Song Yang 4-1 while Chris Wakelin suffered a 4-3 defeat against Luo Honghao.
Liang Wenbo was in fine form in a 4-0 win over Chen Bo, making breaks of 61, 60 and 135.