Champion of Champions

Robertson battles to victory to reach Champion of Champions semi-finals

Neil Robertson. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

Neil Robertson. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

NEIL Robertson battled back from behind to clinch the remaining place in the Champion of Champions semi-finals.

The world number 2 will face Judd Trump on Saturday for a place in the final after beating recently crowned International Championship winner Ricky Walden 6-3.

Earlier in the day Robertson ensured a place in the Group final after beating returning star Ali Carter 4-0 who was playing his first major match since undergoing treatment for a form of lung cancer.

But in tonight’s (Friday) finale an entertaining match looked to be on the cards from the outset when Walden fired in a break of 87 to take the opening frame.

The Australian hit back winning the next two frames before Walden, who beat Mark Allen 4-0 in the afternoon session, responded winning the next two frames to take a 3-2 lead.

A break of 59 from Robertson helped restore matters at 3-3 before a crucial turning point took place in frame seven when Walden played an attempted double on the final black into the bottom right corner pocket only to see the white travel up the table dropping in the top right corner – resulting in Robertson leading again at 4-3.

And Robertson then took the next two frames to seal victory and earn a re-match with Trump who he beat in a dramatic World Championship quarter-final earlier in the year and in doing so became the first player ever to make a hundred century breaks in a single season.

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