World Championship: Neil Robertson sees off Noppon Saengkham
Former world champion Neil Robertson saw off Thailand's Noppen Saengkham at the Crucible on Thursday to progress to the second round at the World Championship.
After building an 8-1 lead over Saengkham in the previous session, the tournament newcomer looked to be staging a comeback, winning three of the following four frames.
However, Robertson silenced the uprising with a break of 76 to go through to the next round, where he will face Marco Fu.
"I'm very happy to get through. The damage was done yesterday when clearly I took full advantage of his nerves on his debut and I seemed to punish all his mistakes," said Robertson.
"Overall it was a very professional performance. Today he came out without any pressure on him and knocked in a lot of great balls and he nicked a few back, but from 8-1 you've pretty much got to not turn up to get beaten from there.
"Today I was maybe little bit slack on a few shots but after the interval I regained my focus and was determined to finish it off."
Neil Robertson 10-4 Noppon Saengkham
83-12 (76), 83-6 (77), 90-0 (61), 68-48, 8-77, 113-0 (113), 65-60, 59-25, 62-26, 30-68, 15-65 (54), 74-1 (70), 22-77, 76-0 (76)
Stuart Bingham 3-5 Kyren Wilson
42-66, 11-89 (71), 38-62, 42-55, 6-70, 76-39, 92-0, 53-18
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