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Champion: Mark Williams
Champion: Mark Williams

By Phil Casey

Defending world champion Mark Williams has revealed doctors are confident his health scare is not related to his heart after going to hospital suffering from chest pains.

The Welshman lost the opening session of his second-round match with David Gilbert 5-3 at the World Championship in Sheffield.

Later, Williams posted on Twitter that he was in the A&E department of a local hospital, saying: "Couldn't stick the chest pains any more."

The 44-year-old informed tournament officials of the issue after the session and was advised by the on-call doctor to attend hospital. Williams made his own way there and is understood to be with his wife Joanne and son Kian.

Williams posted an encouraging update last night.

"Doctors are confident it's not anything to do with my heart," he tweeted. "Awaiting more tests at 10 o'clock."

Breaks of 105, 66 and 58 had earlier helped Williams get back on level terms against Gilbert, but the latter took the last two frames of the day to carve out a 5-3 lead.

Their last-16 match continues today at 10am at the Crucible.

World No.4 Neil Robertson thrashed Shaun Murphy 13-6 to become the first man through to the World Championship quarter-finals.

The 2010 champion led 10-6 heading into the evening session and his third ton of the match stretched his lead.

A break of 88 put the Australian within one frame of victory against the World No.13 - a target he reached by scoring his ninth break of 50 plus.

He will play either Stuart Bingham or John Higgins in the last eight.

Robertson, 37, was in devastating form throughout, replicating the quality that has earned three ranking event titles and two runners-up spots in his most successful ever season.

The Cambridge-based left-hander said he is enjoying playing with "freedom".

"Coming in 10-6 ahead was a really good lead and I played well," he said.

"Against Shaun I knew I had play well to win.

"I am just playing. I really want to win but I am not worrying about the results and just playing to entertain the crowd."

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