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Two-Ton Robertson Into Semis

Neil Robertson made two centuries, including a tournament-high 140, in a 5-3 quarter-final win over Mark Williams to boost his hopes of winning a second Hong Kong Masters title.

Australia’s Robertson was victorious last time the event was staged back in 2017, when he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan to capture the title. He’s already got off to a winning start this season, after claiming the World Mixed Doubles crown alongside Thailand’s Mink Nutcharut.

A weary Williams put up a strong fight despite only arriving in Hong Kong hours before the match got underway. The Welshman replaced Zhao Xintong, who was withdrawn from the event due to testing positive for Covid-19.

Next up Robertson faces the prospect of a semi-final against either seven-time World Champion O’Sullivan or Hong Kong’s three-time women’s World Champion Ng On Yee.

Williams showed no signs of tiredness at the start of the match, and opened proceedings with a barnstorming break of 133 to move 1-0 in front.

Robertson hit back immediately with a century run of 105 to restore parity at 1-1, before Williams took the third on the black. However, Robertson pegged him back again and they went into the mid-session locked level at 2-2.

After the break Robertson had a stuttering start to the fifth frame, fouling after a disturbance from the crowd. However, he recomposed himself and fired in his tournament high 140 break to move in front for the first time at 3-2.

Melbourne cueman Robertson moved a frame from victory by taking the sixth, but Williams dug deep with 80 to close within one. Williams had the first chance to force a decider, but suffered an unfortunate in off. Robertson took his chance and booked a place in the last four.

Robertson said: “He only arrived a few hours before we were going to play, but to come out and make a 134 first frame was incredible. I think later on in the match he started to get a bit tired, but nevertheless he still played a really good game and I think I did my bit as well.

“This is probably similar to a tennis stadium. It is incredible. I’m sure there will be even more here for the semi-finals. There were still so many people in the crowd today. I can’t wait to see what is in store tonight, Ronnie and On Yee are probably the biggest draw for the fans.

“Hopefully this event will lay a good marker to allow players to start travelling the world and around Asia again. It is brilliant to have this tournament on with all the best players. I hope this lays a marker to get things going again.”

Williams said: “I’m knackered. I had about two hours of sleep in two days. I didn’t arrive into my hotel until about 10:45 and I got picked up at 11:45 to play my match. I knew I wasn’t going to win, but I tried my best and somehow I got three frames off him.”

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