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World Championship: Neil Robertson sees off Noppon Saengkham

World Championship: Robertson sees off Saengkham
By Eurosport

20/04/2017 at 16:23Updated 20/04/2017 at 17:58

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)

Centuries: One.

Stuart Bingham 3-5 Kyren Wilson

42-66, 11-89 (71), 38-62, 42-55, 6-70, 76-39, 92-0, 53-18

Centuries: None.

Video - Neil Robertson polishes off 113 break in style


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