Michael Holt has eliminated the 2010 World Champion, Neil Robertson in the opening round of the World Championships. Holt famously eliminated Ronnie O'Sullivan in the opening round of the World Grand Prix and continued with another giant-killing win over the Australian 10-6.
Holt started impressively, taking the first 3 frames that included a break of 140 in the third frame. Robertson levelled the match with some impressive break building of his own with breaks of 62, 101 and 107.
Despite the onslaught from Robertson; Holt fired in a break of 115 to take the lead again, before claiming the last two of the session to go in to the second days play with a 6-3 lead in the match.
Robertson was first in on the second session and looked likely to reduce the deficit before breaking down on 44. Holt made a frame winning break of 79 to move in to a commanding 7-3 lead in the match.
Robertson claimed the eleventh frame to reduce the lead to 3, but Holt took the next two frames to lead 9-4 to leave in just wanting one of the next six frames. Robertson was able to win the next two frames with breaks of 79 and 54 but Holt finally clinched the match with a break of 65 for an impressive win.
I'm really pleased, I'm happy with myself that I've played one of the best players and stood up and had a good game.
I ran my luck at times, I'll be honest, but you need that. I'm really happy with my composure. I knew if I felt comfortable out there I could beat anyone, I've said that for years, I wasn't fibbing, so to be comfortable out there was great for me.
I felt a few nerves in the end. His cue action is dynamite so it was guaranteed that he'd stage a comeback at some point. I just had to prepare myself for that, I had to focus on me, and when I got my chance I took it.
I've been working on everything with Terry (Griffiths), a bit of technique, and the mind-set. He's a big help, he knows everything, he's been out there and won the big one, he can say the right thing at the right time.
I can't wait for the next match now. I get on well with Mark and I'm sure there will be some texts flying around.
Also through to the last 16 is John Higgins who proved far too strong for Ryan Day, winning 10-3.
Mark Selby, returning from a break from snooker, after withdrawing from the Players Championship and the China Open moved in to the last 16.
Selby beat Robert Milkins 10-6. Milkins started the better but Selby soon found his stride after sharing the opening four frames he then went on to take the next five with breaks of 50, 72, 68 and 132 to move in to a 7-2 lead going in to the second session.
Milkins started the second session great and put himself right back in to the match, taking the first four frames to trail by a single frame at 6-7.
After the players returned from a break it was business as usual for Selby who went on to claim the next three frames to seal the win.
You've got to give credit to Rob, he came out under pressure and played some great snooker. When he got back to 7-6 I was getting a bit twitchy, he was scoring, he was fluent, and the interval probably came at the wrong time for him.
I've missed a couple of tournaments so I felt a lot fresher, but at the same time I was not as match sharp. But I didn't want to come into this tournament fatigued.
The last few years I've been to the China Open and done well, but with the tournaments being so close together I've come here jet-lagged and I've not gone on a good run.
Mark Selby, last years winner is 9/2 to do it again this year!
John Higgins, runner-up last year, 14/1 to win this time!
Barry Hawkins, beaten semi-finalist last year, 33/1 to win!
Ding Junhui, beaten semi-finalist last year, 12/1 to win!
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