JUDD TRUMP raced into the last 32 of the Haikou World Open in just over an hour on Tuesday.
Trump, looking for his first ranking title since capturing the International Championship in November 2012, was too strong for 19 year-old Chinese wildcard Chen Zifan, beating him 5-0 in only 62 minutes.
Breaks of 61, 61 and 64 helped Trump lead 4-0 and he had a chance to make his second maximum of the season in the fifth but missed a red to the right middle on 88.
“Overall I was happy with how I played,” said Trump, who won the Championship League last week. “Since the New Year I’ve been playing well. I’d lost in the first round of the last few tournaments in China so I’m just happy to get a win here.”
Norway’s Kurt Maflin sprang something of an upset by beating Joe Perry, the world no.13, 5-1.
Liang Wenbo, runner-up to Stuart Bingham in the fourth and final Asian Tour event of the campaign last weekend, defeated Perth’s Scott Donaldson 5-1.
Ali Carter, whose last ranking title came at the 2013 German Masters, won a pink ball eighth frame to beat Dave Gilbert 5-3.
Ken Doherty, the 1997 world champion, pulled away from 2-2 to beat his fellow veteran campaigner, Barry Pinches, 5-2.
Photographs by Monique Limbos.