Haikou World Open 2013 – Day 5 Report

Neil Robertson beat Mark Selby to make the World Open semi-finals.

Neil Robertson beat Mark Selby to make the World Open semi-finals.

NEIL Robertson gained sweet revenge on Mark Selby to book a place in the Haikou World Open semi-finals.

The Australian managed to put recent defeats against the world number two star to one side as a 5-3 victory sealed his place in the last four.

In January Robertson suffered the heartbreak of losing to Selby in the Masters final and just weeks before he saw the Leicester man end his hopes of winning the UK Championship after coming back from 4-0 down in their quarter-final clash.

But Robertson ensured there would be no heartbreaking episode in China today after he came out on top in a high quality contest and increased his chances of winning back the title he won three years ago.

After losing the first frame, Robertson took a 2-1 lead with breaks of 53 and 107. It was then Selby’s turn to win two frames on the bounce as he went 3-2 ahead.

But unfortunately for the Jester from Leicester that was the last time he was to take the lead as Robertson won the last three frames.

To make Sunday’s final, the Australian will have to beat Matthew Stevens who battled his way to an impressive win against world number one Judd Trump.

The match got off to something of a bizarre start when Trump found his tip on his cue had gone out of shape wile chalking his cue before breaking off for the opening frame.

Despite losing the opener the Welshman, chasing his first major title in ten years, took control winning the next three frames. Trump fought back winning the next two frames but Stevens won the next two frames to make the last four.

The Bristol star told World Snooker after the match he found it difficult to concentrate with his tip causing all kinds of problems during the match.

Defending champion Mark Allen is just two wins away from repeating history as he stormed into the semi-finals after a 5-1 win over Ricky Walden.

And the Ulsterman will bid for a place in the final against John Higgins who looked back to his best in a whitewash win against home favourite Ding Junhui.

The Scot took just 75 minutes to secure his place in the semi-final line-up after following up his whitewash win over Stuart Bingham yesterday with another one 24 hours later.


Haikou World Open 2013 – Semi-Final Draw:




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