Neil Robertson produced arguably the performance of the tournament so far on day two of the Hanteng Autos World Open in Yushan. He secured a spot in tomorrow’s last 32, after seeing off Preston’s Ian Burns in an entertaining affair. World number four Robertson came out of the traps quickly with a break of 86 in the opener. He didn’t look back, further contributions of 102, 60, 71 and 106 sealed a 5-2 victory.
“I’m very pleased with how I played, it was a top performance. Although it was very hot in the arena, the table played really well,” said Robertson. “Having won the first event of the season in Riga, the pressure is off a bit. I’ve won a tournament every season for the last 11 years, so it was nice to keep that run going.”
Defending champion Shaun Murphy also ensured his involvement in the last 32, with a 5-2 defeat of Cao Yupeng. 33-year-old Murphy snatched the opening frame on the black and the game remained a tight affair until the fourth frame, where the Magician produced an 81-break to pull 3-1 clear. From there he saw out the tie to claim a 5-2 win.
Michael Holt reached the final of the season opener in Riga, and he got his Yushan campaign off to a good start by battling past Fergal O’Brien. However, it was the Irishman O’Brien who started strongly, making a century break of 127 in the opening frame. The crucial moment came in the fifth, where Holt cleared the colours to snatch the frame on the black and move 3-2 in front. The Hitman claimed the final two frames and booked a last 32 clash against Oliver Lines or John Higgins.
China’s Zhang Anda delighted the home crowd with a 5-1 defeat of 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon. World number 107 Anda made contributions of 75 and 51 on his way to the win. He’ll face Judd Trump in the next round.
Ali Carter came through the most fiercely contested tie of the session against Mike Dunn. It took over three hours to separate the pair, however it was the Captain who eventually ended on top in a 5-3 victory.
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