Graeme Dott and John Higgins were the latest pair to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Betfair Masters.
In the all-Scottish clash, Dott scraped through against Stephen Maguire with a score of six sets to five. It was a topsy-turvy match, with the two trading the lead, but frustation eventually got the better of Maguire and he conceded a frame in-play to make it 5-3 to Dott. Maguire was able to win the next two frames to level the score but Dott held on to face the winner of the Judd Trump/Barry Hawkins match. In Monday’s other game, John Higgins progressed against Ali Carter in their first Masters clash. There were large periods of play where neither was able to pot, approaching the hour mark for Carter, but Higgins held off a late charge to win 6-3. He faces either Shaun Murphy or Ricky Walden in the last eight.
Heather Watson kicked off the Australian Open for British tennis hopes with a nervy first round win against Alexandra Cadantu of Romania. She fought back from a poor first set and recovered from cramp to level the match after the second. Watson eventually went on to win 2-6 6-3 6-2 to start an impressive first couple of days for Great Britain.
Scotland bossed England in the World Indoor Bowls Championships as the Scottish pairs of Darren Burnett/Stewart Anderson and Paul Foster/Alex Marshall beat their British rivals. Foster and Marshall were pushed by Mervyn King and Simon Skelton in a three-set play-off semi-final, recovering from a poor start. It was much easier for Burnett and Anderson, winning 7-5 9-5 against Greg Harlow and Nick Brett. Brett made up for the loss by starting the singles draw with a win against Wales’ Robert Chisholm.
Jordan Fitzgerald was the only British skiier in the downhill event at Schweitzer, finishing 9 out of 44 competitors. Over at the Aal giant slalom event, nobody out of Matthew Thompson, Charles Richardson and Jo Morrison were able to finish the day, although Thompson at least progressed to the second round.
Grant Crossingham had another impressive day in the World Hang Gliding Championships, finishing the day in 14th place out of 102. Anthony Stephens was close in 23rd with Gordon Rigg in 31st.