NEIL Robertson’s hopes of winning a major a ranking event in his homeland of Australia were crushed to the ground earlier today after losing heavily to the in-form Mark Davis.
Despite making a solid start with a break of 88 to take the first frame, it all went downhill after that for the Thunder from Down Under in his second round encounter against the Englishman.
A kick in the second frame proved when Robertson was on a break of 39 to be the turning point of the match. Davis then made no mistake to level the contest.
And Davis, who reached the semi-finals in last month’s Wuxi Classic as well winning World Snooker’s Six Reds competition in Thailand last week, kicked on (pardon the pun) winning the next four frames with breaks of 67,65,81 and 61 to cause the biggest upset of the day.
Davis will meet Martin Gould in the last eight after he came through an entertaining see-saw match to knock out young China hopeful Cao Yupeng.
In a match which went all the way, Yupeng started brightly knocking in a century break before Gould levelled the match in frame two.
The next two frames were shared before Gould took a 3-2 lead but his lead quickly disappeared when the young Chinese star made a brilliant 143, the tournament’s highest break so far, to level up at 3-3.
Gould regained the lead to go 4-3 but once again Yupeng showed his fighting spirit and forced the match into a deciding frame with a solid 93 break.
But it was the Englishman who had the last laugh in the final frame to take a tense win. Gould rallied early on with a 52-0 lead but Yupeng came back and had a chance to clear up but could only make a break of 49 before Gould edged out the contest.
Last season’s China Open champion Peter Ebdon reached a step closer to winning another ranking event after beating Ding Junhui in an epic match which went all the way to a final frame decider.
Ebdon, who beat Ding in the China Open semi-final in March, kept his winning grip over the China potting ace after a brilliant break of 70 in the final frame secured his place in the last eight of the competition.
Elsewhere, Jamie Burnett could not repeat his heroics from yesterday when he knocked out world-number-1 Mark Selby and lost 5-1 to Marco Fu.
Matt Selt, for the second year running, made it through to the Australian Open quarter-finals after beating Ryan Day 5-3 and Barry Hawkins claimed revenge for his World Championship defeat to Matthew Stevens by beating the Welshman 5-2 to make the last eight.
Australian Open – Quarter-Final Draw
Matt SELT vs Barry HAWKINS
Martin GOULD vs Mark DAVIS
Shaun MURPHY vs Peter EBDON
Stephen LEE vs Marco FU