After producing an uncharacteristically error-strewn display in losing to O'Sullivan in the group stage in Coventry, the four-times world champion cut a dominant figure to progress to the last 64 of the event with breaks of 131 and 73 the highlight of a professional display.
The Scotsman led 2-0, 3-1 and 4-1 before finally concluding matters with his young Swiss opponent missing too many balls.
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Higgins - winner of this tournament in 2012 - will face Ian Preece for a place in the last 32.
World champion Mark Selby enjoyed a 5-2 win over world number 91 Ian Burns after trailing 2-1 early on.
Burns had the chance to move 3-1 clear at the interval, but was haunted by seeing the final red stay out as Selby restored parity at 2-2 before breaks of 68, 120 and 132 saw the world number one into the last 64 and a meeting with Chris Wakelin.
Elsewhere in the first round, Mark Allen completed another notable 5-1 victory over Yan Bingtao, who beat Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan before losing 9-2 to Allen in the last four of the International Championship a fortnight ago.
The Northern Irishman ran in a 73 break on his way to a 4-0 lead. Bingtao prevented the whitewash by pinching the fifth frame, but a closing knock of 102 gave Allen an impressive victory.

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Pre-qualifying round

  • Billy Joe Castle 5-2 Zhang Jiangkang
  • Li Zhen 3-5 Chen Feilong
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Round of 128

  • Mei Xi Wen bt Ding Junhui W/O
  • John Higgins 5-2 Alexander Ursenbacher
  • Liang Wenbo 5-2 Rod Lawler
  • Soheil Vahedi v Sam Baird
  • Mark Selby 5-2 Ian Burns
  • Li Zhen v Stuart Carrington
  • Billy Joe Castle v Rory McLeod

First round

  • Tom Ford 4-5 Jimmy Robertson
  • Lee Walker 4-5 Kurt Maflin
  • Ryan Day 4-5 Yu De Lu
  • Yan Bingtao 1-5 Mark Allen
  • Jack Lisowski 5-1 Chris Totten
  • Fergal O'Brien 5-4 Mitchell Mann
  • Mark King 2-5 Jamie Jones
  • Michael Georgiou 3-5 Ben Woollaston
  • Zhou Yuelong 5-4 Sanderson Lam
  • David Gilbert 5-0 Mark Joyce
  • Wang Yuchen 1-5 Mark Williams
  • Graeme Dott 5-3 Xiao Guodong
  • Robert Milkins 5-4 Lyu Haotian
  • Michael White 5-4 Mark Davis
  • Akani Songsermsawad w/o vs. Stuart Bingham
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