Welsh Open 2016: The afternoon session on Day One

128 hopefuls begin their quest to become snooker champion in Cardiff.

Welsh Open 2016: The afternoon session on Day One
John Higgins won the tournament last year (photo: Betfect)

There were a handful of upsets in the opening session of the Welsh Open on Monday afternoon, as World number 1 Mark Selby cruised into the second round with a whitewash against young Welsh hopeful Duane Jones.

Selby was joined by fellow compatriots Peter Ebdon, Mark Allen, Mark King and Matthew Selt - who did not drop a frame against their respective opponents. Marco Fu was also a 4-0 victor against Joel Walker, as was Liang Wenbo competing against the unseeded Hatem Yassin.

A couple of youngsters make a name for themselves

One man who did upset the odds was number 107 seed James Cahill. The 20-year-old defeated the experienced Xiao Guodong, seeded 67 places above Cahill, by a comfortable three-frame margin. England's Martin O'Donnell also edged past Scotsman Stephen Maguire seeded 71 places above him, whilst Michael Georgiou whitewashed Jamie Jones who has 40 places on him. 97th seed Sydney Wilson squeezed past 44th seed Gerard Greene. Yet perhaps the biggest shock of the day came late in the afternoon, when amateur Leo Fernandez defeat talented young Englishman Kyren Wilson.

Number 8 seed Barry Hawkins defeated local favourite Lee Walker and number 20 seed Graeme Dott eased past Darryl Hill. Ding Junhui lived up to his number 12 spot with victory over Steven Hallworth. Welsh star Mark Williams was made to work hard as the number 14 seed won his match 4-3. Masters champion Ronnie O'Sullivan was in fine form as he made a 146 break in a 4-1 victory over Barry Pinches. O'Sullivan had the opportunity to score a maximum but turned it down in protest at the prize money being "too low" at £10,000.

Ronnie O'Sullivan out together a 146 break in his final frame  (photo: Sporting Life)
Ronnie O'Sullivan out together a 146 break in his final frame (photo: Sporting Life)

One player who could not have wished for a more comfortable route to the second round was Scotland's Ross Muir, as fellow Scotsman Jamie Burnett did not turn up for the match. Snooker shoot-out champion Robin Hull progressed to the second round alongside young Belgian star Luca Brecel but their opponents made them work hard for it.

Top 20 seeds Shaun Murphy, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Joe Perry, Stuart Bingham and reigning champion John Higgins begin their campaigns in the evening session, as the competition halves from 128 to the final 64 in Cardiff.