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STRONG START: Matthew Stevens in his first-round victory at the Goldfields Open in Bendigo. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

STRONG START: Matthew Stevens in his first-round victory at the Goldfields Open in Bendigo. Picture: JODIE DONNELLAN

PICTURES: Goldfields Open, day one 

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THERE were many closely-fought contests in Monday's start to the $500,000 Australian Snooker Goldfields Open at Bendigo Stadium.

Day one highlights included the 5-3 victory by Matthew Stevens against Luca Brecel.

Scores were locked on three frames apiece before Stevens racked up 63-21 and 59-52 wins to advance to round two.

The wildcard matches ended in 5-0 victories by Andrew Higginson and Dominic Dale.

Next up for Higginson is No. 1 seed and last year's runner-up, Collingwood's Neil Robertson. 

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