The first ranking event of the new season is underway in China and the Wuxi Classic which for the last few years was an invitational event is now a fully fledged ranking tournament.
Yesterday and today has seen the wild card rounds and fresh from playing a few exhibitions in Thailand Ken Doherty this morning won his wild card match by beating Lu Ning 5-4.
Doherty now plays Shaun Murphy in the first round proper.
It's a busy few weeks and quite a bit of travelling for Doherty, straight after this it's back to Bangkok for the Six Reds Tournament then it's on to Bendingo in Austrailia for the Goldfields Austrailia Open.
A good run in China and Austrailia should see Doherty move back into the top 32
Fergal O'Brien also won his wild card match in China and plays Ali Carter in the first round.
They are the only two Irish players on the main tour this season so to have both in the last 32 of thefirst ranking event is a good show.