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I am a very dangerous opponent: Robertson


Big win: Neil Robertson
Big win: Neil Robertson

By Steve Simpson

Neil Robertson admits he's a "dangerous opponent" as he stormed his way to round two of the World Championship by thrashing Michael Georgiou 10-1.

Robertson nearly completed an incredible whitewash over debutant Georgiou, holding a 9-0 lead before the world no. 52 finally managed to get a frame on the board.

And the Thunder From Down Under insists he was planning on completing the win as early as possible so he could take some time off before returning for Round Two.

He said: "The most important thing for me was to finish nice and early so I can go back home for a few days, chill out and practise before heading back up.

"If I play Shaun Murphy next, he will definitely be up for it because he doesn't like not being talked about as a potential candidate to win the tournament, he'll be very determined to put that right.

"I'm just playing and enjoying it and I guess that makes me a very dangerous opponent."

While it was a match to forget for his opponent, Georgiou maintains that stepping out at The Crucible will always be a special memory for him.

"It was the first time that I've actually stepped inside the Crucible and my focus wasn't on the match," he said. "That's up there with one of the best experiences of my life.

"It's so crazy, I'm used to watching it all on TV and watching the documentaries."

Reigning world champion Mark Williams progressed with a 10-7 win over Martin Gould.

2016 runner-up Ding Junhui scrapped his way into round two with a 10-7 win in a high-quality match against Anthony McGill.

World number one Ronnie O'Sullivan will begin his glory shot this afternoon.

The Rocket will take on James Cahill in the first round.

The pair will play nine frames, before returning for a second session on tomorrow morning (10am), when they will play the rest of the best-of-19 match.

O'Sullivan is taking on the first amateur ever to qualify for the first round of the World Championship after storming through qualifying.

Cahill beat Andrew Higginson, Michael Holt and Michael Judge to book himself a place at the Crucible and is not afraid of taking on the five-time world champion.

Before the draw was made, the 23-year-old picked out O'Sullivan as an opponent he would fancy facing in South Yorkshire.

"I wouldn't mind playing Ronnie because obviously that's an experience playing him there,'" said Cahill.

"It's the toughest draw but if you're going to win it you're going to have to beat him at some point.

"I maybe wouldn't choose to draw him, but I wouldn't mind it.

"Whoever I play, the experience is going to be invaluable to me. They've played there for probably longer than I've been alive! I hope I play my game and give them a good game."

Belfast Telegraph


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