Ronnie O'Sullivan hammers Michael Georgiou, John Higgins beats Cao Yupeng to reach last 32
Ronnie O'Sullivan cruised past Michael Georgiou with a 6-1 win in the UK Championship second round, while John Higgins beat Cao Yupeng 6-4.
The five-time champion raced into a 4-0 lead before Georgiou took his only frame with a break of 60.
O'Sullivan, who is hoping to equal Steve Davis' haul of six titles at the Barbican in York, was not at his free-flowing best and did not make any century breaks. However, his class told as he rounded off the match with breaks of 68 and 82.
"I just want to play for the enjoyment of it," O'Sullivan told the BBC. "I find it tough sometimes, I just have to manage it as well as I can.
" Records are not something I am worried about. I keep it as business like as I can - I don't want to get too emotionally involved."
He will now face wither Michael White of Matthew Selt on Tuesday.
Higgins made tougher work of Yupeng however, struggling to a 6-4 win, despite some excellent shots from his opponent.
The three-time champion struggled with his cue ball control but ended with a 66-1 win in the final frame.
John Higgins 6 - 4 Cao Yupeng
Yan Bingtao 6-1 Ben Woollaston
Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-1 Michael Georgiou
Kyren Wilson 6 - 4 Yu Delu
Luca Brecel 6 - 3 Aditya Mehta
Mark King 6 - 4 Mike Dunn
Barry Hawkins 6 - 2 Hammad Miah
Martin Gould 6 - 2 Robbie Williams
Noppon Saengkham 6 - 0 Leo Fernandez
Xiao Guodong 6 - 1 Tom Ford
Michael White 6 - 1 Matthew Selt
Jimmy Robertson 6 - 5 Alan McManus
Shaun Murphy 6 - 5 Liam Highfield
Ricky Walden 6 - 5 Jamie Jones