John Higgins of Soctland plays a shot in the semi-final match against Yan Bingtao and Ding Junhui of China on day seven of 2019 Beverly World Cup at Wuxi City Sports Stadium on June 30, 2019 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China.
But the size of the challenge appeared to get to the under-21 world champion who managed just 13 points in the final two frames as Higgins, 44, made it into the first round.
Ding Junhui meanwhile also needed all 11 frames to make his way into the main draw despite taking a commanding early lead against world No 93 Simon Lichtenberg.
Asia's No 1 player led 4-0 and 5-2 in the match but the German never gave up, forcing a final frame before coming up just short.
Ding Junhui of China Team A plays a shot in the semi-final match against Stephen Maguire and John Higgins of Scotland on day seven of 2019 Beverly World Cup at Wuxi City Sports Stadium on June 30, 2019 in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province of China.
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Judd Trump meanwhile was in superb form as he hit three centuries, and finished five frames with a total of 100 or more to defeat Jordan Brown.
A break of 93 was enough to secure the first frame, followed by one of 131 and 100 in the next two frames, to leave him 3-0 up.
David Gilbert defeated Irish veteran Ken Doherty 6-2, with Gary Wilson beating the similarly experienced Peter Ebdon 6-1.
Trump knocks in impressive century during comfortable victory
Brown edged the fourth 63-57, and won the fifth by another tight margin of 69-63, to keep him in touching distance.
However Trump was able to win four of the next five frames to win the best of 11 and send him through to the next round.
China's Yan BIngtao found life even easier in his qualifier as he ran out a 6-1 winner over Alfie Burden.
There was good news for Welsh snooker, as Daniel Wells defeated Barry Hawkins 6-4, but Ryan Day fell by the same score to Kurt Maflin.
Ricky Walden defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 6-2 in his round one match that had been carried over, while Stuart Bingham demolished Mark Joyce 6-1.
Ali Carter scraped past Scotsman Alan McManus, needing every frame of the 11 to beat the 49-ranked opponent 6-5.
Stephen Maguire completed a whitewash over Stuart Carrington, while Jimmy Robertson defeated Matthew Stevens 6-4.