Wales’ Williams through in Welsh Open

O'Sullivan defends controversial finish

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O’Sullivan defends controversial finish

Wales’ Mark Williams is through to the third round of the Welsh Open after a 4-2 win over England’s Rod Lawlor.

Williams’ fellow Welshman Ryan Day is also through after a 4-2 win over England’s Mike Dunn.

Williams, 40, will play Norway’s Kurt Maflin, who beat Ireland’s Leo Fernandez 4-1.

Earlier, home hope Matthew Stevens beat England’s Martin O’Donnell 4-2, while Michael White beat Tom Ford 4-3.

However, Daniel Wells went down 4-1 to Hong Kong’s Marco Fu.

Two-time world champion Williams, Wales’ top-ranked player at 13th, was the last home winner back in 1999.

Meanwhile world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan defended opting for a 146 instead of 147 break in his opening-round win against Barry Pinches.

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