Fedor Gorst survived a huge scare in the opening match of his World Pool Championship defence as he fought back to defeat Estonia’s Mark Magi in Milton Keynes.
Russian star Gorst fought back from 5-1 and 6-2 down to defeat Magi 9-7 at Marshall Arena.
He’ll face Mark Gray for a place in the last 64.
Jayson Shaw found himself 6-0 down against World Under-17 champion Moritz Neuhausen of Germany, but the former US Open champion and current Mosconi Cup MVP, being watched by European captain Alex Lely, began a confident fightback, winning eight racks without reply.
The German youngster cut the deficit to 8-7 with Shaw on the hill but the Scot wrapped up the match 9-7.
There were also opening session wins for Championship League Pool winner Albin Ouschan, who beat Fabio Petroni 9-5, and Finland’s Mika Immonen who beat Kristina Tkach 9-4 having been 3-1 down early on.
Alex Kazakis, who was recently crowned World Pool Masters champion, was up against his mixed-doubles partner Kelly Fisher, the women’s world champion, and the Greek star was a 9-1 winner.
American female April Larson gave Chris Melling a scare before the Brit closed out a 9-7 victory, while Darren Appleton booked his place in the last 64 with a 9-2 success over Germany’s Christof Reintjes, who was on the winning side when the pair were on opposing teams in the World Cup of Pool final last month.
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