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Monday 19 February 2018

Maximum power drives Robertson to UK title

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

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.

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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