International Championship: Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Kurt Maflin to reach last 16

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan beat China's Xiao Guodong in the first round on Monday

England's Ronnie O'Sullivan reached the last 16 of the International Championship in China with victory over Kurt Maflin in the second round.

World number nine O'Sullivan, 40, rallied from 4-3 down to win 6-4, finishing with a 101 break against the Norwegian world number 42.

O'Sullivan will face fellow Englishman Michael Holt in round three, in the richest tournament outside the UK.

Defending champion John Higgins beat Jak Jones 6-2 in Daqing.

World champion and number one Mark Selby also won 6-2 against John Astley.

Stuart Bingham, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, Ding Junhui and Neil Robertson also made it through to the third round.

On Monday, five-time world champion O'Sullivan said he was "not good enough" to compete with the top players.

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