China Open: John Higgins and Stuart Bingham progress

John Higgins
John Higgins has won the China Open once but also come runner-up on two occasions

Former world champion John Higgins progressed at the China Open, with world number two Stuart Bingham also making it into the third round.

Higgins made a high break of 88 to beat Mark Joyce 5-1 and Bingham went through with a 5-3 win over Ian Burns.

Shaun Murphy overcame David Grace to go into the second round before a 5-3 loss to Mark King in Beijing on Wednesday.

Jimmy Robertson lost 5-1 to 2011 winner Judd Trump, while Martin O'Donnell beat Matt Selt by the same scoreline.

"There are only a few top-16 players left but that shows how much class there is lower down the rankings," said Bingham.

There were also second-round wins for Stephen Maguire and Ricky Walden.

Maguire will face Dominic Dale in the next round after the Welshman knocked in two centuries to beat Leeds teenager Darryl Hill 5-3.

Graeme Dott won 5-2 against 15-year-old amateur Yuan Sijun, the schoolboy who whitewashed Martin Gould on Tuesday.

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