Carter reaches second round
Two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter struggled past qualifier Xiao Guodong in the first round of this year's tournament.
The Chinese debutant at 8-8 was threatening to cause a shock before Carter rifled in an 80 break to go one frame away, and seized on an error from Xiao to take the upper hand in the next on the way to clinching a 10-8 victory.
Carter, who recovered from testicular cancer last summer, plays Mark Selby or Michael White next and the 34-year-old is plotting another run deep into the tournament.
"When you've been through what I've been through, there's no fear," he said. "I'm delighted to be here."
He was impressed by Xiao, who at 25 is making good on his potential, reaching the Shanghai Masters final earlier this season, but also delighted with his own performance.
"He played well and solid and doesn't look like he's under pressure," Carter said.
"All credit to me for making an 80 break and playing a granite last frame there.
"Every time I was on the floor I picked myself up and did it. I seem to be able to do that and that's good."
Xiao's fellow Chinese player, Ding Junhui, built a 6-3 lead over English qualifier Michael Wasley.
Sheffield-based Ding made a total clearance of 136 in the seventh frame of a contest that concludes on Monday, setting a benchmark for the tournament's high-break prize.