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In Thursday’s night session (19:00 BST) John Higgins completes the primary spherical as his match with Jamie Jones will probably be performed to a conclusion.

Welshman Jones certified with a win over 2010 winner Neil Robertson and is aiming to again that up with a victory over the four-time world champion.

Higgins, 48, holds a 5-4 lead after a hard-fought first session and wishes a victory to have an opportunity of staying contained in the world’s prime 16.

There’s hypothesis the 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011 winner will retire if he was to fall out of the highest 16, with him telling BBC Sport he would “consider” his future after the competitors has completed.

If Higgins was to lose, it could set a brand new report for the best variety of seeds to be eradicated within the first spherical.

Eight of the highest 16 – Luca Brecel, Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Ding Junhui, Ali Carter, Gary Wilson, Zhang Anda and Barry Hawkins – have all misplaced, stage with the eight that fell in 1980, 1992 and 2012.

The second spherical started on Thursday and sixteenth seed Robert Milkins trails 5-3 towards David Gilbert, the person who beat 2023 champion Brecel on the opening day.

Gilbert had opened up a three-frame benefit, aided by breaks of fifty, 51 and 89, earlier than Milkins stole the final body 65-64 to chop his result in two.

That match resumes on Friday morning (10:00 BST) and concludes on Friday night from 19:00 BST.

Within the night session, world quantity two Judd Trump begins his last-16 match towards 14th seed Tom Ford.

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