English Open: Higgins eases into second round

John Higgins eased into the second round of the English Open on Tuesday with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Li Yuan.

John Higgins
John Higgins

World number 4 Higgins wasted no time on the main table in Crawley as he took the opening two frames.

Li responded with a fine break of 81 but Higgins kicked up a gear to make breaks of 75 and 88 to seal his progress to the next round.

It was a serene performance from Higgins who took just over an hour to make it through. He will now face Nigel Bond in the second round.

After the match he opened up about his recent struggles for motivation in the new season.

Elsewhere in the early round of matches Thepchaiya Un-Nooh made a maximum on his way to a 4-1 victory over Soheil Vahedi.