Higgins’ last ranking tournament victory was the International Championship in China in 2015
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April – 1 May
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Four-time Crucible champion John Higgins resisted a spirited Martin Gould fightback to secure a place in the second round of the World Championship with a 10-6 win.

World number 18 Gould trailed 7-2 overnight but opened with a century and then closed the gap to 7-4.

Scotland’s Higgins, 41, scored a superb ton of his own to lead 8-5 before finally shaking off the Londoner.

World number six Higgins plays Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen in round two.

An all-China encounter in the afternoon session, world number four Ding Junhui resumes 7-2 up on qualifier Zhou Yuelong, while second seed Judd Trump begins his quest for a first Crucible title against Rory McLeod.

Liang Wenbo and Stuart Carrington play to a finish this evening, with world number 10 Ali Carter beginning his first-round match against the 2006 champion Graeme Dott.

More to follow.

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