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Ton machine Neil Robertson continues scoring spree at the World Open

Neil Robertson of Australia looks on (credit: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images for Kaspersky)

Neil Robertson took his tally of century breaks to eleven for the season as he thrashed Andy Lee 5-1 in the opening round of the World Open in Yushan on Tuesday.

Robertson, who claimed the season's first silverware at the Riga Masters last month, stretched his unbeaten run to eight matches as he brushed aside Hong Kong's Lee with the aid of two centuries.

The former World Champion, who also compiled two tons in his whitewash win over He Guoqiang in Monday's held over tie, produced a tournament high break of 132 as well as a 114 on the way to a commanding triumph.

World number one Mark Selby battled his way to a 5-3 victory over Elliot Slessor to set up a Second Round meeting with Jamie Jones.

Selby, who claimed the Haining Open title at the weekend, defied breaks of 62 and 105 from the Tyneside cueist as he claimed the final two frames to avoid an upset.

Defending champion Ding Junhui fought back from 3-1 down to dispatch 18-year-old Yuan Sijun 5-3.

China's Ding Junhui celebrates (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ding, whose partner is expecting their first child in the coming days, came through a decider against James Wattana on Monday and was forced to dig deep once again.

With his back to the wall, the home favourite turned on the style with breaks of 86, 87 and 115 to set up a clash with Robert Milkins in the Last 32.

World Champion Mark Williams made light work of Swiss star Alexander Ursenbacher as he ran out a comfortable 5-1 winner.

The Welsh legend compiled breaks of 52 61, 104 and 60 to confirm a meeting with Ben Woollaston in Round Two on Wednesday.

Two-time World Open champion Mark Allen enjoyed a convincing 5-1 win over emerging star Lyu Haotian with top breaks of 92 and 103.

Judd Trump began his season with a 5-1 rout of Martin O'Donnell which included contributions of 54, 84, 54 and 73.

James Cahill, who knocked out Liang Wenbo 5-1 in their held over tie, squandered a 4-1 lead in an eventual 5-4 defeat to Andrew Higginson - who produced timely breaks of 100 and 51 in the final two frames to snatch victory.

Joe Perry overturned a 4-3 deficit to edge out veteran Mike Dunn in a last-frame decider despite the Teessider kicking off the contest with a fine break of 112.

Harvey Chandler, who came through Qualifying School in May to earn a Tour Card, continued his impressive run with a deciding frame scalp of Kurt Maflin, while 18-year-old Yan Bingtao whitewashed Riga Masters semi-finalist Stuart Carrington.


World Open 2018 Results


Tuesday August 7

Round One 

James Cahill 4-5 Andrew Higginson
Mark Selby 5-3 Elliot Slessor
Michael Georgiou 1-5 Xiao Guodong
Mark Joyce 2-5 Anthony Hamilton
Simon Lichtenberg 2-5 Mei Xi Wen
Kyren Wilson 5-1 Paul S Davison
Harvey Chandler 5-4 Kurt Maflin
Mark Allen 5-1 Lyu Haotian

Ding Junhui 5-3 Yuan SiJun
Andy Lee 1-5 Neil Robertson
Michael Holt 5-3 Mark Davis
Yan Bingtao 5-0 Stuart Carrington
Martin O'Donnell 1-5 Judd Trump
Mike Dunn 4-5 Joe Perry
Ben Woollaston 5-1 Chang Bingyu
Alexander Ursenbacher 1-5 Mark Williams


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Ton machine Neil Robertson continues scoring spree at the World Open

Neil Robertson took his tally of century breaks to eleven for the season as he thrashed Andy Lee 5-1 in the opening round of the World Open in Yushan on Tuesday.

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