John Higgins, Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy safely reached the second round of the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.

World number five Higgins beat Chinese teenager Chang Bingyu 4-2, sixth-ranked Selby overcame Xu Si, also of China, by the same score and world number eight Murphy eased past Fraser Patrick 4-0.

David Gilbert, 10th in the rankings, lost 4-3 to Anthony Hamilton and China’s world number 16 Ding Junhui, Anthony McGill and James Wattana all bowed out.

World number one Judd Trump, beaten 10-9 by Neil Robertson in Sunday’s Champion of Champions final in Coventry, and Ronnie O’Sullivan are among those in action on Tuesday.

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