UK Championship 2019: Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire and Marco Fu go through
Former champion Ding Junhui won five frames in a row as he recovered from a slow start to beat Welshman Duane Jones 6-2 in the UK Championship first round.
China's Ding, 32, has slipped to 16 in the world and has not won a ranking event in more than two years.
But he looked increasingly confident as breaks of 73, 103, 77 and 92 saw him recover from 2-1 down to progress.
There were also wins in York for 2004 champion Stephen Maguire, Marco Fu and ex-world champion Graeme Dott.
All three saw off English opposition. World number 14 Maguire edged out Billy Castle 6-4, Hong Kong's Fu, the 2008 finalist, beat Craig Steadman 6-3 and Maguire's fellow Scot Dott thrashed Barry Pinches 6-1.
The afternoon play sees Leicester's Mark Selby begin his quest for a third UK title, while Kyren Wilson and Welshman Mark Williams, a two-time winner, are also in action.
World number one Judd Trump plays Morocco's Amine Amiri in the opening round on Thursday at 14:30 GMT, and seven-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan is in action against Ross Bulman later that evening.
BBC television coverage of the tournament begins on Saturday from 13:15 GMT on BBC One.
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