Two more former winners – John Higgins and Shaun Murphy – also won their opening matches.World number one Mark Selby gets his campaign underway later. Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King was beaten in the first round at the UK Championship – after forgetting his cue and then being docked a frame for being late.He eventually lost 6-2 to Sam Craigie.Five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan is safely through after beating Boonyarit Keattikun 6-nil.
Black Stars defender Jonathan Mensah nodded the match-winner for Evian Thonon Gaillard who pipped Lens 2-1 to manage their first win of the season on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old scored just after the half-hour mark and defended gallantly at the Parc des Sports.Bottom-side Bottom-side Evian had lost four of their last five matches in Ligue 1 coming into this game, but their appetite for goals looked insatiable in the first half, and they were two goals up inside the first half hour.Cédric Barbosa pulled a training-ground free-kick back to the edge of the penalty area and Mensah thrashed the ball toward goal first-time. His initial attempt was blocked but landed kindly, and the big Ghanaian was on hand to thump home past Wylan Cyprien to make it 2-0.Wednesday night’s game is Mensah’s second Ligue 1 goal after scoring for Evian in a 1-1 draw with Stade Reims in 2013.