Hong Kong cuesman Marco Fu completed a wonderful 24 hours for Asian snooker on Wednesday as he became the third player from the continent to reach the second round of the world championships.
Fu, 35 and a semi-finalist at the championships in 2006, maintained his overnight supremacy over veteran Welshman Matthew Stevens and made the second round with a 10-7 win.
Fu joins China’s Ding Junhui, who beat two-time semi-finalist, but now a fading force Alan McManus 10-5, while Thai rookie Dechawat Poomjaeng produced a display of unpredictable entertainment to beat sixth seed Stephen Maguire 10-9.
Australia’s 2010 world champion Neil Robertson, though, was involved in a tight battle with England’s Robert Milkins and had just a 5-4 frame lead to take into yesterday’s final session.
However, the Australian did fire in the biggest break of the championships so far, 143, to better former finalist Judd Trump’s Tuesday effort of 142.
Trump had little trouble progressing with a 10-5 win over Dominic Dale of Wales.