Barry Hawkins (28/1 2020 Betfred World Snooker Championship Outright) and Martin Gould made easy work of their opening matches against Alexander Ursenbacher and Stephen Maguire respectively at the Betfred World Championship.

Hawkins made the perfect start as he looks to extend his fine record at the Crucible, beating Swiss debutant Ursenbacher 10-2 to set up a second-round tie with Neil Robertson (Match Betting – Barry Hawkins 11/4, Neil Robertson 2/7).

The Englishman, who reached the final in 2013 and has made it through to the semi-final on four further occasions, started Wednesday’s session with a 7-2 advantage and had no issues in swiftly wrapping up proceedings.

Gould earned a scalp courtesy of a 10-3 triumph over world number nine Maguire after producing four centuries and five further breaks of 50 or more.

The world number 60 will take on compatriot Kyren Wilson for a place in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Round two matches also got underway on Wednesday, with John Higgins trailing Kurt Maflin 5-3 after the first session in Sheffield (Match Betting – John Higgins 4/5, Kurt Maflin EVS).

Three-time champion Mark Williams holds a 5-3 lead over Stuart Bingham after the first session of their second-round tie.

Mark Selby (12/1 Outright) has a point to prove at this year’s edition of the Betfred World Championship, having failed to go beyond the second round on each of his last two appearances.

The Jester from Leicester has the opportunity to correct that poor record when he returns to action with an eye on the quarter-finals against Noppon Saengkham on Thursday.

Defending champion Judd Trump (9/4 fav Outright) is also seeking a berth in the last-eight when he faces Bingtao Yan in the afternoon.

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