Highlights & report: Ex-champion Robertson beats Saengkham

Highlights & report: Ex-champion Robertson beats Saengkham
Highlights & report: Ex-champion Robertson beats Saengkham

By Owen Phillips

On Events Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Robertson rolls over Saengkham - five best shots
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 15 April - 1 May
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Former champion Neil Robertson was made to wait before seeing off Thailand's Noppon Saengkham 10-4 in the first round of the World Championship.

The 2010 Crucible winner resumed 8-1 ahead, but Crucible debutant Saengkham finally relaxed to win three of the first four frames on Thursday.

A break of 76 saw Robertson, ranked ninth in the world, take the frame he needed to close out victory.

The 35-year-old Australian faces Marco Fu in the second round.

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Also in action

World number 14 Kyren Wilson is taking on 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham in the afternoon's other match - the first second-round encounter of this year's tournament.

In the evening session, Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Shaun Murphy in a mouthwatering and potentially spiky last-16 match.

It is five-time champion O'Sullivan's first appearance since accusing snooker bosses of bullying, claims that 2005 champion Murphy said were "completely wrong".

Barry Hawkins resumes 7-2 up against Tom Ford in an all-English affair, the final first-round match to be played.

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