Snooker - Swail into Rotterdam last 16

Joe Swail capped a fine opening day performance with a 4-2 win over Ricky Walden to progress to the fourth round of the Rotterdam Open.

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Joe Swail (Imago)

The world number 113 blazed a trail through the draw with three victories on day one of the action at the Topsport Centrum.

The Northern Irishman claimed the scalps of Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (4-1), Shaun Murphy (4-3) and Ricky Walden (4-2) to reach the last 16 of the European Tour event, where he will now meet Gary Wilson for a place in the quarter-finals.

Also through to the fourth round were David Grace, Mark Davis, Stuart Bingham, Martin O'Donnell, Sam Baird and David Gilbert. The remaining third round matches will play out on Saturday.

The Rotterdam Open is the first professional snooker event to be held in the Netherlands for over 20 years. It concludes on Sunday.

Round three results:

Joe Swail 4 - 2 Ricky Walden

David Grace 4 - 1 Kyren Wilson

Mark Davis 4 - 2 Tony Drago

Stuart Bingham 4 - 3 Hammad Miah

Martin O'Donnell 4 - 3 Marcus Campbell

Sam Baird 4 - 2 Norway Kurt Maflin

Gary Wilson 4 - 1 Jamie Cope

David Gilbert 4 - 0 Chris Wakelin

Round two results:

Joe Swail 4 - 3 Shaun Murphy

David Grace 4 - 2 Passakorn Suwannawat

Tony Drago 4 - 3 Rod Lawler

Stuart Bingham 4 - 1 Ryan Causton (a)

Mark Davis 4 - 1 Lee Page

Marcus Campbell 4 - 3 Matthew Selt

Martin O'Donnell 4 - 2 Robert Milkins

Jamie Cope 4 - 1 Liam Highfield

Kyren Wilson 4 - 1 Dominic Dale

Sam Baird 4 - 3 Joe Perry

Ricky Walden 4 - 1 Matthew Stevens

Gary Wilson 4 - 1 Patrick Einsle

Chris Wakelin 4 - 1 Nigel Bond

David Gilbert 4 - 3 Robbie Williams

Hammad Miah 4 - 1 Joe Roberts (a)

Kurt Maflin 4 - 0 Tom Ford

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