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Barry Hawkins and Neil Robertson advance at the World Snooker Championship as O'Sullivan leads Murphy

Barry Hawkins eased through to the second round in Sheffield (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Barry Hawkins and Neil Robertson soared into the Second Round of the 2017 World Championship and completed the Last 16 line-up on Thursday, while Ronnie O’Sullivan established a healthy 6-2 lead over Shaun Murphy at the Crucible.

The Hawk eased into round two for the seventh consecutive year after a commanding 10-3 victory over Tom Ford, as Robertson avoided back-to-back first-stage exits after completing a 10-4 success against debutant Noppon Saengkham.

Leading 7-2 overnight, Hawkins lost the opening frame of the session as Ford knocked in a break of 50 to give himself the faintest of hopes.

However, they were soon dashed when, after moving 8-3 in front, the 2013 finalist stole frame 12 on the black after needing a snooker, before sealing victory in the next to set up a clash with 2006 champion Graeme Dott.

Neil Robertson was a 10-4 winner against Noppon Saengkham (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Fellow left-hander Robertson, who led 8-1 going into the second session, was forced to wait as Thai debutant Saengkham took a lengthy 10th frame before a run of 54 reduced the deficit to 8-3.

Nevertheless, the Australian soon regained command to seal the deal by winning two of the next three frames, with breaks of 70 and 76 booking a date with Marco Fu in the Last 16.

Meanwhile, O’Sullivan opened up a commanding 6-2 lead against Murphy at the conclusion of their first session.

A neat 91 clearance saw the Rocket draw first blood and, despite the 2005 champion responding with 84 for 1-1, breaks of 75, 128 and 76 opened up a 5-1 advantage.

Murphy stopped the rot by snatching the next on the black, but his opponent hit back with 74 to remain in the driving seat.

Elsewhere, Kyren Wilson established a narrow 5-3 lead over Stuart Bingham after the first eight frames of their second-round showdown.

The Warrior started well with runs of 71 and 70 on the way to taking the first five frames for 5-0, but 2015 champion Bingham responded with 52 and 56 to reduce the deficit to just two going into the match’s conclusion on Friday.

Betfred World Championship 2017 Scores

Thursday April 20

 

Round One

 

3*) Neil Robertson 10-4 Noppon Saengkham

13*) Barry Hawkins 10-3 Tom Ford


Round Two 

21) Stuart Bingham 3-5 Kyren Wilson

19) Shaun Murphy 2-6 Ronnie O'Sullivan



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Barry Hawkins and Neil Robertson advance at the World Snooker Championship as O'Sullivan leads Murphy

Barry Hawkins and Neil Robertson soared into the Second Round of the 2017 World Championship and completed the Last 16 line-up on Thursday, while Ronnie O’Sullivan established a healthy 6-2 lead over Shaun Murphy at the Crucible.

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