Masters champion Mark Allen insists his game is in good shape after he reached the next round of the Hong Rui Ma Yushan World Open.
The 32-year-old has yet to find his rhythm so far this season but he showed signs of progress as he eased past Lyu Haotian. Breaks of 92, 103 and 54 helped him secured a 5-1 win and he will now take on Jack Lisowski on Wednesday.
A close game is expected between the pair, with Allen the 1.80 favourite, while Lisowski is 1.95 to advance into the next round.
Speaking after his win, Allen told World Snooker: “Lyu is a very aggressive player so I kept it tough for him and refused a few that I would normally go for. I closed out the match really well. Overall my game is in good shape.” World number 11 Allen admits he is struggling with his sleep and he took to Instagram to confirm he would prefer evening contests this week in China. He said: “I prefer playing in the evenings in China because then I can sleep through the day.”
Rookie Harvey Chandler also tasted victory as he beat Kurt Maflin thanks to a final frame break of 57. Anthony Hamilton was also celebrating as he beat Mark Joyce 5-2. Andrew Higginson came from 4-1 down to beat amateur James Cahill 5-4 and he will now take on Marco Fu on Wednesday. As expected, Fu is 1.33 to advance, with Higginson the 3.10 outsider.