O'Sullivan Wins 30th Ranking Title

Higgins, Robertson And Bingham Through In Riga

See full list of Round 1 results here

John Higgins safely negotiated a tough opening tie on day one at the Kaspersky Riga Masters, seeing off world number 36 Mark King.

King made 43 in the opener, but last season’s Player of the Year responded with a counter-clearance of 83 to go 1-0 up.

That set the tone for the match and Higgins compiled another run of 91 in the fourth frame before coming through a 4-1 winner.

Neil Robertson also got off to an impressive start in Latvia. He made breaks of 60, 96 and 61 in the opening three frames against Michael Georgiou, who was fresh out of Q School.

28-year-old Georgiou fought back to take the fourth, but the Australian’s blistering start left too much to do. The 2010 World Champion secured a routine 4-1 victory.

Stuart BinghamStuart Bingham had to come from 2-1 down, to edge out Welshman Lee Walker 4-2. The 2015 World Champion made three breaks over 50 as he overhauled Walker’s early lead.

However, it was 22-year-old Sean O’Sullivan who put in the performance of the day. The player nicknamed ‘The Storm’ overpowered German Masters finalist Luca Brecel in a whitewash victory.

The win took just 51 minutes as O’Sullivan compiled breaks of 77, 105 and 100 to progress to tomorrow’s last 32 where he’ll face Dave Gilbert.

“I think that is definitely one of the best matches I’ve ever played in,” said world number 74 O’Sullivan. “I want to try and get into the top 64 of the rankings and stay there, if I play like I have this morning, I know I can win an event.”

Joe Perry was the first big name to fall by the way side. He suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of John Astley, who recently regained his tour card at Q School event two.

tatianaLatvia’s leading women’s player Tatiana Vasiljeva, who received a wildcard for the event, took the second frame against Marco Fu with a clearance of 39. But the experience of world number 12 Fu came to the fore as he won the final three frames to run out a 4-1 winner to book his spot in the last 32.

The big result of the evening saw Michael Holt knock out World Champion Mark Selby. The ‘Hitman’, who himself is coming off an impressive Crucible performance, made four breaks over 50 in the 4-1 win.

37-year-old Holt progresses to the last 32 where he’ll face Ian Burns.

Judd Trump wasted no time booking his place in the last 32, as he saw off Chris Wakelin in just over an hour. The 2011 UK Championship winner made breaks of 70,57,92 and 59 in the 4-1 victory.