Robertson and Ding into 2nd round at UK Championship

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Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui both made winning starts as the Betway UK Championship got underway in York.

Australia's Robertson, champion here in 2013 and 2015, eased to a 6-2 win over Kishan Hirani with a top break of  110. He had a glimmer of an opportunity for a 147 in frame six but broke down on 72 after potting nine reds with blacks.

China's Ding, UK Champion in 2005 and 2009, saw off Adam Stefanow 6-1 with a top run of 66 to earn a match with Matthew Selt or Zhang Yong.

Jack Lisowski eased to a 6-1 win over Zhang Jiankang in just 89 minutes, knocking in breaks of 82, 120, 56, 53, 51 and 115. The result boosts Lisowski's position in the Race to the Masters and his hopes of making his debut at Alexandra Palace in January. He remains in 16th place, now £11,100 ahead of 17th-placed Marco Fu.

Ken Doherty set up a last 64 match with either Ronnie O'Sullivan or Luke Simmonds thanks to an impressive 6-2 defeat of Yuan Sijun. From 2-1 down, 49-year-old Doherty reeled off five frames in a row with top runs of 130 and 82.

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