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Amy Beauchamp, bidding to become the first player since Sue Thompson to defend her ladies’ singles title, is off and running in her trophy defence.

So too are Beauchamp’s main rivals but only after scares for predecessor, Kirsty-Lee Davies, and former European champion, Emma Wilkinson.

There were no worries for the top seed as she cruised into the last 16 with a 6-1 win over Australia’s Taylor Meyer.

Three-time champion, Emma Cunningham, also in the top half of the draw, was a comfortable 6-3 winner over Maddy Wilkinson.

However, Davies, seeded two, and Wilkinson, the number four seed, certainly didn’t have things their own way in two titanic struggles.

Welsh international Davies, a winner of the European Championship in Nantes earlier this year, was pushed all the way by Sharon James.

Her West Midlands rival upset Kim O’Brien 6-4 in the last 64 and then took Nottingham based Davies to a deciding frame before going down 6-5.

Sunderland star Wilkinson knew she was in for a fight against England international and 2016 European Championship runner-up, Katie Martyn. And she was proved right.

The former ladies snooker ace defeated French hope Celine Mendes- Soares 6-4 in the previous round and had designs on the last 16. In another cliff-hanger, Wilkinson held her nerve to complete a 6-5 win.

Twice former winner, Barbara Taylor, just missing a top four seeding, defeated South Africa’s Debbie Europa 6-3 while Australia will have three representatives in the last 16: Elise Mabbott, Lyndall Morphett and Kolbe Pool.

Joy Willenberg carries the flag for South Africa, France will be represented by Sabrilla Brunet and Scotland’s sole survivor is Angie Tidball.

The last 16 ties will be played on Thursday starting at 1pm.

Trevor Baxter - Press Officer
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