Ben Woollaston scored a tremendous 5-4 win over Neil Robertson to reach the last 16 of the F66.com German Masters in Berlin – and improved his chances of qualifying for next week’s Ladbrokes World Grand Prix.
World number 27 Woollaston knocked out the player ranked 20 places above him to set up a meeting with Barry Hawkins tomorrow at the Tempodrom.
Leicester’s Woollaston is now up to 34th on the provisional one-year ranking list so one more win in Berlin could make him one of the 32 players to earn a place at next week’s tournament at the Preston Guild Hall. For live updates on that race CLICK HERE
Woollaston built a 4-2 lead with top breaks of 83, 61, 117 and 68. In frame seven he missed a tricky blue when just two pots from victory. Australia’s Robertson knocked in an excellent long blue and added the pink for 4-3, then took the next with a run of 59 to force the decider. But it was Woollaston who won the last frame with runs of 38 and 40.
World Champion Mark Selby eased to a 5-0 win over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh with top runs of 53, 100, 70, 64 and 85.
Selby now meets Anthony Hamilton, who kept his excellent season going with a 5-3 win over Mark Williams. David Gilbert saw off Scottish Open champion Marco Fu 5-3 while Michael Holt beat Stuart Carrington 5-1.
China’s Yan Bingtao remains just inside the top 32 of the one-year list thanks to a 5-2 win over Dominic Dale. Stuart Bingham top scored with 129 in a 5-3 win over Zhang Yong while Barry Hawkins beat Michael White 5-1.