Neil Robertson v Stuart Bingham: Welsh Open final 2019 preview – Former champions aim to rule again

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Stuart Bingham and Neil Robertson set up Welsh Open final show-down

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Neil Robertson scoops second Welsh Open title

Robertson and Bingham vie for the £70,000 title (credit:PA)

Box office duo Neil Robertson and Stuart Bingham will battle it out for the right to become a multiple Welsh Open winner in Cardiff on Sunday.

The pair have each got their hands on this prestigious trophy a decade apart and will face off over two sessions at the Motorpoint Arena for the right to join an elite group of multiple champions since the event was introduced in 1992.

Bingham, who finished runner-up in Newport in 2013, went one better at this venue two years ago and is looking to double his tally of Home Nation titles this season, having also picked up the English Open crown.

The world number 12 his blitzed his way to a tenth career ranking final, dropping just six frames along the way.

He began by whitewashing last week’s World Grand Prix runner-up Ali Carter before sweeping aside Matthew Selt and Martin O’Donnell 4-1 and overcoming Robbie Williams 4-2.

In the Quarter-Finals, ‘Ball Run’ dispatched Zhao Xintong 5-2 before producing four century breaks en route to a 6-2 win over giant-killer Joe O’Connor in the Semi-Finals.

Robertson, the 2007 champion, began the week in style with a magical maximum break in the First Round and has not looked back since, arguably producing his best snooker of the season so far.

After his heroics against Jordan Brown, the Australian has gone on to defeat Gary Wilson, Paul Davison and Michael Georgiou, before edging out Kurt Maflin 5-4 and whitewashing Hossein Vafaei to seal his spot in the final.

The world number ten is bidding to clinch a 15th ranking title and a second of the season, following on from his triumph at the Riga Masters last July.

While Bingham has won ten of their 16 previous meetings, it’s Robertson who has triumphed emphatically in their two most recent encounters, recording 6-0 and 5-0 whitewashes in the 2018 China Open and the German Masters only a fortnight ago.

The best of 17 final gets underway from 1pm GMT for a total of eight frames, before being played to a finish from 7pm.