Williams through at Welsh Open

Mark Williams

Mark Williams was the last home winner of the Welsh Open in 1999

Welshman Mark Williams beat Norway’s Kurt Maflin 4-2 to ensure home representation in the fourth round of the Welsh Open.

However, Williams’ compatriot Matthew Stevens is out, beaten 4-3 by Englishman Martin Gould.

Defending champion John Higgins powered through comfortably, beating Michael Georgiou 4-1.

Two more Welshmen begin third-round matches on Wednesday, looking to become the first home winner since 1999.

Michael White faces China’s Liang Wenbo and Ryan Day battles Mark Allen.

Williams revealed after the match that he is trying to play as fast as possible.

“My main aim was to play as fast as I can and stop thinking about stuff I’ve been thinking about,” he told BBC Radio Wales.

“Today I potted quite a few long ones and made a lot of good breaks.

“Whether or not it’ll continue tomorrow I don’t know, but I’m certainly going to go out with the same mindset.”

Earlier, England’s Joe Perry enjoyed a 4-2 victory over Ken Doherty, while Ben Woollaston edged out Anthony Hamilton in a deciding frame.

Ronnie O’Sullivan faces Jimmy Robertson at 20:00 GMT.

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