World number three Neil Robertson stormed to an impressive 10-3 defeat of former English Open champion Liang Wenbo at the Betfred World Championship.
The Australian came into this week in red hot form after blitzing his way to winning the recent Tour Championship, where he defeated Ronnie O’Sullivan 10-4 in the final to lift a 20th ranking title.
Robertson was handed a huge boost ahead of that Tour Championship victory after he was reunited with his father Ian. He was given special dispensation by the Australian Government to fly to Britain and reunite with his son, who he hadn’t seen in nearly two years.
He is aiming to secure a second Crucible crown this week. His only World Championship victory to date came in 2010, when he defeated Graeme Dott in the final. Since then Robertson has struggled to produce his best at the Theatre of Dreams, recording just one semi-final appearance back in 2014.
Robertson stamped his authority in the opening session of this encounter, making five breaks over 50 on his way to establishing a 6-3 advantage.
The Thunder from Down Under came out firing this evening, making a superb century run of exactly 100 after depositing a long red from Liang’s break. He then won a tight 11th frame before swiftly closing out the tie with breaks of 110 and 73 to storm to a 10-3 victory.
Robertson now faces a tough second round encounter against either Jack Lisowski or Ali Carter.
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