SNOOKER: Perry gets off to a grand start

Joe Perry was a winner in Wales.
Joe Perry was a winner in Wales.
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Joe Perry was in red-hot form as the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix got underway in Llandudno yesterday (March 8).

The Chatteris cueman took on Barry Hawkins in the first round and smashed him 4-0. He made a break of 88 in the second frame and a superb 133 in the last frame - the highest in the tournament so far.

Perry now takes on either Jamie Jones or Kyren Wilson in the second round tomorrow night.

Ronnie O’Sullivan was a shock first round faller. He lost 4-3 to Michael Holt, the world number 31, and now faces a six-week gap without competitive action before heading to the World Championship in April.