Dominant Robertson closer to centuries landmark

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

NEIL Robertson increased his chances of becoming the first ever player to make 100 century breaks in a single season after dominating his opening session in this year’s World Championship.

The world number one took a commanding 7-2 overnight lead against Robbie Williams and in the process fired in his 94th and 95th century breaks of the season.

Robertson, who won the UK Championship in December, smashed past Judd Trump’s existing record of 61 earlier in the season and now just needs five more centuries to complete the landmark.

The Australian, bidding for his second world title following his 2010 triumph, was in total control throughout after a perfect start saw him make breaks of 77 and 132 in the first two frames.

Williams, making his first appearance at the Crucible following a thrilling re-spotted black win against Fergal O’Brien, won his first frame to make it 2-1.

But Robertson dominated the match by winning the next five frames including a break of 103 in the seventh frame.

A break of 49 helped Williams double his tally but will have it all to do on Thursday if he is to make it into the second round.

Should Robertson win the three remaining frames he needs, he will face Mark Allen in the next round after he beat Michael Holt 10-4.

Allen increased an overnight 5-4 lead to 8-4 after winning three scrappy frames before dominating the next two frames to complete victory.

Elsewhere, Marco Fu booked a second round tie against Shaun Murphy after completing a 10-7 win over Martin Gould.

And Dominic Dale stands just three frames away from making the last 16 after earning a strong 7-2 lead against Mark Davis.

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