Zhao Xintong admits he is dreaming of snooker's world No 1 spot after starting the new season in impressive style at the Championship League in Leicester.
Zhao reached the last 32 of the season's first ranking event by topping Group 4 with wins over Michael Holt (3-1), Adam Duffy (3-0) and Hammad Miah (3-0) at the Morningside Arena.
The UK champion enjoyed breaks of 105 and 60 against Holt, 105 in despatching Duffy before rolling in 56 and 58 to end Miah's hopes.
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“This is the first match for me. I don’t want to think too much. I just want to enjoy my matches. I had good food with my friend and I went to the shopping mall," he said.
“I want to be better than last year and I want to do my best. I will try as hard as I can to win the matches and the tournament.
"The idea of aiming to become world No 1 in the future sounds good. Hopefully, I can do it."
Former German Masters winner Anthony Hamilton joined Zhao in the second stage by winning Group 31.
Hamilton defeated Noppon Saengkham 3-1 in a group decider to progress boosted by classy breaks of 130 and 114 after earlier drawing 2-2 with Ashley Hugill before completing a 3-0 win over Steven Hallworth.
32 winners from stage one will progress to contest eight groups in stage two between 25-27 July with the final on 29 July.
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