The Thunder From Down Under Through To The Semi's
Neil Robertson continued onto the semi finals of the Snooker bgc Masters Championships with a 6-4 victory over Mark Williams at the Alexandra Palace.
The world number four and former world champion, held off a resilient Williams fight back after taking a three frame lead in the race to six. In what was the Australians first time in seven attempts at reaching the Semis in this competition.
The contest began with a cagey opening frame, with both players struggling to find their rhythm during a lengthy safety battle. With 35 left on the table and a lead of 34, Williams missed an easy snooker opportunity allowing Robertson to confidently clear up and take the frame on the black.
Despite losing the first, Williams began the second with two good long pots whilst making a break of 78 and levelling the match at one frame a piece. However, far from looking assured at the table, Williams followed up that break with three missed shots during the third, from a possible frame winning position he then found himself 2-1 down.
The score at the midsession interval lies at 3-1 with the Australian looking comfortable. An early opportunity by Williams was wasted and Robertson hit a convincing break of 95 to take the 4th.
After the break Williams was forced into an early error at a crucial stage after having two ‘misses’ called. Eventually the frame was taken by the thunder from down under who looks firmly in control.(4-1)
Williams then started the fight back to come back into the match taking the next two frames, including a stylish break of 68, to cut the lead to 1. (4-3)
The Welshman then missed a golden opportunity to level up proceedings with an easy red, but left it over the pocket, giving Robertson the chance to take the frame with a 119 break putting himself one frame from his place in the next round. (5-3)
Williams, a winner of the Masters in 2003 took the ninth frame with a break of 78 and more exhibition style snooker, a feature of his play throughout the match, but was unable to take it to a final frame decider after missing a spotted black. This allowed the Aussie to take the frame and the victory with a break of 78.
The win sets up an intriguing repeat of the UK Championship semi final with Judd Trump, which Bristolian Trump won.
The quarter finals were concluded with World No. 1 Mark Selby taking on Sean Murphy in the second quarter final of the day. The jester from Leicester, Mark Selby, was comfortably demolished by the ruthless and in form Sean Murphy, in a match that ended 6-2.