Snooker news - Neil Robertson whitewashes Hossein Vafaei, to face Stuart Bingham in Welsh Open final

Imperious Robertson whitewashes Vafaei, to face Bingham in final
By Eurosport

16/02/2019 at 20:12Updated 16/02/2019 at 23:26

Neil Robertson was at his ruthless best as he whitewashed Hossein Vafaei 6-0 in a hopelessly one-sided Welsh Open semi-final in Cardiff.

The Australian was in majestic form throughout as he struck a 103 break to open proceedings and never looked back.

Vafaei was unable to get a foothold at all as Robertson did not score less than 60 points in any frame.

A stunning break of 140 in the fourth frame gave him an emphatic lead and a tally of 101 points in the sixth rounded off a comprehensive thrashing.

Video - 'A masterclass' - Robertson hits a dominant 140


Robertson will take some beating on this evidence and he will go into Sunday's final brimming with confidence after not losing a frame in the last-four clash.

Video - 'Ruthless' - Robertson wins semi-final with stunning century


Earlier, Stuart Bingham made four centuries on his way to a 6-2 win over world number 103 and fellow Englishman Joe O'Connor in another one-sided semi-final.

23-year-old O'Connor - in his first year on the professional tour - had produced the best performance of his fledging career to reach the last four with victories over green baize heavyweights Kyren Wilson, Ding Junhui and John Higgins.

Video - Ronnie O'Sullivan and Jimmy White show off their cue power


But the Leicester hopeful struggled against the experience of the 2015 world champion Bingham as he compiled a highest break of only 33 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

Bingham toiled with his own game early on, but clicked into gear when it became clear O'Conner was struggling with the conditions.

Video - An astonishing fluke by Joe O'Connor


Breaks of 107, 100, 104, 125 and a closing 67 helped him ease into the 10th major final of his career, and he kindly applauded O'Connor at the end of the match.

He lifted the Welsh Open two years ago, and has already won the English Open this season.

Video - Bingham picks out a blistering long red


Semi-final results

Stuart Bingham 6-2 Joe O'Connor

Neil Robertson 6-0 Hossein Vafaei

Quarter-final results

  • John Higgins 3-5 Joe O'Connor
  • Stuart Bingham 5-2 Zhao Xintong
  • Hossein Vafaei 5-1 Scott Donaldson
  • Neil Robertson 5-4 Kurt Maflin