Duelbits Players Championship 2023 | Wolverhampton

Robertson Wins Despite Traffic Trouble

Neil Robertson qualified for the final stages of the World Open with a 5-4 win over Sydney Wilson despite being docked the opening frame after arriving late at the venue.

The world number five got stuck in traffic on the M6 motorway on the way from Cambridge to Preston and arrived at the Guild Hall 11 minutes late for his match against Wilson. Had he been four minutes later, the Australian would also have been docked the second frame.

Wilson won the second anyway on the colours then made a break of 100 to lead 3-0. Robertson then fought back to 3-3 with runs of 71, 99 and 49. Wilson, ranked 101st, regained the lead by winning frame seven on the pink, and he led 57-0 in the eighth. But Robertson snatched that one with an excellent 68 clearance then won the decider with a top run of 64.

Luca Brecel came from 4-2 down to beat Peter Lines 5-4 while Joe Perry saw off Hossein Ayouri 5-3 despite being hauled back from 4-0 to 4-3.

Michael White edged out Anthony Hamilton 5-4, winning a 55-minute decider on the final pink, while Chinese teenager Wang Yuchen showed his promise with a 5-2 win over Jamie Jones.

Barry Hawkins made a 142 in a 5-0 defeat of Zhao Xintong while Stephen Maguire also enjoyed a whitewash, beating Fang Xiongman 5-0.

The winners of the qualifying round go through to the final stages in Yushan, China from July 25-31. The action continues on Wednesday, for live scores click here.