Rocket wins on return in China
Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed a 6-2 win over Anthony McGill on his return to ranking event action at the International Championship in Chengdu.
The 37-year-old from Essex claimed his fifth World Championship by beating Barry Hawkins 18-12 at the Crucible in May but has not won a major tournament since.
The Rocket - now ranked 31 - comfortably saw off his 22-year-old Scottish opponent with breaks of 73, 80 and 52 to progress to the second round in China.
O'Sullivan told worldsnooker.com: "Anthony is a really good player and got to semi-finals of the Asian Tour event last week.
"I'm just pleased that I was able to give the crowd something worth watching.
"It's brilliant to come to Chengdu for the first time and the fans were fantastic.
"I felt a little bit of pressure because of what they expect but I just had to go out there and do a job and treat every ball with respect."
O'Sullivan faces Liang Wenbo in the next round, who saw off Li Yan 6-3, and looking forward to the match, he added: "I need more matches as I'm not so sharp, and this is really the beginning for me.
"Liang won the Asian Tour event so he'll be full of confidence and it will be tough."
Mark Allen also made it look easy as he moved past China's Tian Pengfei.
The Northern Irishman, who beat Ding Junhui in the final of the Ruhr Open in Germany earlier this year, recorded a 6-1 win as he made two century breaks and four more scores over 50.
While Graeme Dott was held to a closer game by Michael White as the Welshman held him 2-2 after the first four frames, before Dott went on to record a 6-4 victory.
And fellow Scot John Higgins claimed a 6-2 win over Joe Swail to progress.