A review of day one of the Scottish Open where Nigel Bond crashed back down to earth with a 4-1 defeat to Robert Milkins.
Milkins bursts Bond bubble
Nigel Bond crashed back down to earth with a humbling 4-1 defeat at the hands of Robert Milkins.
Bond was one of the stories of the recent UK Championship, downing Judd Trump on the way to reaching the last eight, but he failed to scale those heights in Glasgow as Milkins cruised to a comfortable victory.
Breaks of 81 and 75 did the early damage for Milkins as he booked his place in the second round along with Anthony McGill who looked much more like his old self when making contributions of 50, 77 and 67 in his 4-2 victory over Hammad Miah.
Hawk comes crashing down
With Bond's defeat perhaps not all that surprising, Barry Hawkins became the first notable casualty as he suffered a thrashing at the hands of John J Astley.
Hawkins bagged a 147 at the UK Championship prior to this event, but managed just 54 points across four frames as he slumped to a 4-0 defeat, his opponent bagging breaks of 77, 66 and 54.
There were no such issues for John Higgins, a 4-1 winner against Jamie O'Neill in a scrappy affair devoid of a single half-century break, while Mark Allen came from 2-0 down to beat Andy Hicks 4-2 with breaks of 88, 55 and 64.
Last season's World Championship semi-finalist Gary Wilson appeared in good touch as he whitewashed Rod Lawler and the promising Si Jiahui overpowered Brandon Sargeant 4-1, whereas the latter's fellow Challenger Tour graduate, David Grace, won 4-3 against Adam Stefanow.
Pot after pot for Dott
Mark Selby was a 4-2 winner against Mark Joyce in the evening, stepping up from 2-1 down to rattle off three in a row, but the performance of the evening came from another former world champion, Graeme Dott.
The Scotsman rattled in breaks of 69, 125, 71 and 137 against Igor Figueiredo, who failed to score a single point in a 4-0 thumping.
Marco Fu was also a 4-0 winner with breaks of 87, 90 and 60 enough to see off Sam Craigie.
Robertson cruises passed Doherty
Former world champion Neil Robertson eased past Ken Doherty 4-1, having raced into a three-frame lead before losing the fourth after a re-spotted black.
Any hopes of a comeback were quickly ended as Robertson produced a run of 77 to secure a place in the second round.