Thursday 29 September 2016

Maximum power drives Robertson to UK title

Published 07/12/2015 | 02:30

Neil Robertson celebrates with the trophy
Neil Robertson celebrates with the trophy

Neil Robertson became the first player to make a maximum 147 break in a UK Championship final on his way to beating Liang Wenbo 10-5 last night.

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The Australian made the perfect break in the sixth frame of the match in York - the third 147 of his career.

The pair traded century breaks in the first session leaving Robertson with a 5-3 advantage at the interval. The next four frames were shared to go 7-5, but Robertson won three in a row to take the title.

Earlier, he punched the air in delight and received a standing ovation from the Barbican Centre crowd after he secured a five-figure bonus of £44,000 for his 147.

Liang also enjoyed the moment, clapping and then hugging his opponent.

Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh came within a whisker of the 147 earlier in the tournament but missed the final black.

The achievement was the high-point of an excellent session for Robertson.The world number three came into the match as hot favourite to beat Liang, who is currently ranked 29 and had never played in a final of snooker's three major tournaments before.

The charismatic 28-year-old looked nervy early on, failing to punish Robertson when he missed a simple pot on the yellow as the Australian came back to clinch the opening frame.

Robertson found his rhythm with a break of 61 to take the second too but just as it looked like the contest might become one-sided, Liang hit back with a century break of 110.

Another century, this time for Robertson, restored the two-frame lead but the 33-year-old was still making mistakes and a missed red when leading by 33 points allowed Liang to snatch the fifth for 3-2.

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