John Higgins was happy together with his efficiency after thumping David Grace 10-3 to achieve the second spherical of the World Snooker Championship for the twenty fifth time.
The four-time world champion started Tuesday’s afternoon session with a commanding 7-2 lead and wanted simply an hour to e book his place within the final 16, the place he’ll meet both Kyren Wilson or Ryan Day.
The 47-year-old Scot received the primary body of the session with a break of 114 and appeared to be cruising within the second at 48-0 up earlier than Yorkshireman Grace hit again with an outstanding counter clearance to make it 8-3.
Higgins received the subsequent body with a break of 97 to edge nearer to victory earlier than closing issues out with a cultured 124 to win 10-3.
Higgins mentioned: “Coming into today it would have taken a bit of a collapse from me not to get over the line.
“But I was pleased with the way I was hitting the ball today. I’m feeling good about scoring. If I get my chance I feel as if I can go on and do some breaks here, which I think you always need to do here.
“You need to have sessions here against the best players where you can go on a bit of a run and knock in some breaks.
“And I think I’m capable of that this year, so onwards and upwards.”
Grace paid tribute to Higgins, saying: “He’s one of the all-time greats, full stop.
“He was just hitting it so nicely. He was getting the white to talk, basically. He was getting it to wherever he wanted it. That’s the sign that you’re hitting it well.”
In the morning session, Jack Lisowski took a 6-3 lead towards Noppon Saengkham as play resumed on desk one following Monday’s ‘Just Stop Oil’ protest which noticed orange powder tipped over the material.
Twelfth seed Lisowski opened up an early 3-1 lead earlier than Saengkham received a nip-and-tuck fifth body to shut the hole to 1.
The Englishman stretched his result in two as soon as extra after benefiting from an exquisite snooker behind the yellow to win one other shut body and go 4-2 up.
Saengkham obtained again to inside one body due to a break of 72 however Lisowski ended the session three clear after profitable two frames in succession.
Gary Wilson raced right into a 7-2 lead towards Elliot Slessor on the opposite desk, and the pair will return to finish their match on Tuesday night.