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Neil Robertson v Li Hang live stream | Northern Ireland Open 2022 preview

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Neil Robertson resumes his quest to complete the Home Nations grand slam when he faces Li Hang in the Northern Ireland Open last 16.

Robertson is aiming to become the first player to win all four events in the Series in Belfast, and the Australian is currently enjoying his best ever run in this tournament.

Indeed, the Thunder had never previously progressed beyond the last 32 at the Waterfront Hall. But he has hit four centuries on the way to bucking the trend this week, including three in his 4-1 victory over John Astley on Wednesday.

Robertson, who has also defeated Fraser Patrick and Fan Zhengyi, is now looking to reach the 76th ranking event quarter-final of his wonderful career – and eighth in the Home Nations Series.

The world number three has gone on to win the respective tournament following two of his four victories in six meetings with Hang; doing so at the UK Championship in 2013 and 2020.

Although, the Chinese cueist is full of momentum having won each of his last 10 frames, while he still boasts fond memories of the 4-0 thrashing he dealt Robertson in the last 32 of this event in 2018.

Four years on, the world number 46 has not looked back from being locked at 2-2 with Jack Lisowski in the opening round; eventually wrapping up a 4-2 victory over the six-time ranking finalist, before reeling off four frames without reply against Si Jiahui and former Welsh Open champion Jordan Brown.

Hang is now targeting a maiden Northern Ireland Open quarter-final – and third in the Home Nations, having also reached that stage at the Scottish Open in 2020 and 2021.

The winner of this match will play either Mark Selby or Michael White in the last eight of the tournament.

Play gets underway at around 2pm BST on Thursday with the match contested over the best of seven frames at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.