Neil Robertson of Australia delivered a stunning performance to clinch a resounding 10-3 victory over Chinese newcomer Wu Yize in the Cazoo World Championship. This accomplishment marks the first time ever that a player has crafted two 146 breaks in a single match.
146 breaks are notoriously challenging to achieve, with only six having been accomplished in Crucible history. Robertson’s success in executing this feat is all the more impressive given that this was his first time achieving a 146 break.
Robertson’s triumph also means that he is in line to claim £10,000 from the £15,000 high break pot, which takes into account breaks made during both the qualifying and final stages of the championship.
Ahead of his victory, Robertson had implemented a rigorous training regime, overseen by his father Ian, who had flown in from Australia. The world number six had the opportunity to focus more on his game in the second half of the season, after failing to qualify for and defend his titles at the Players Championship and Tour Championship.
Despite the Crucible not being Robertson’s most successful hunting ground in recent years, his excellent form this season allowed him to enter the championship as a dark horse rather than a favorite. Today’s exceptional showing serves as a reminder of the 23-time ranking event winner’s title credentials.
Wu’s performance in the qualifying campaign was admirable, with the 19-year-old winning three matches to advance to the final stages of the championship. Additionally, he produced back-to-back century runs of 107 in the first session yesterday, showcasing his potential and keeping himself in contention at 6-3.
When play resumed today, Robertson pulled ahead of Wu, taking the opening frame with a break of exactly 100. He then fired in the first of his 146 breaks in the 11th frame, propelling him to an 8-3 lead. A run of 58 helped him extend his lead further, and he sealed the victory in spectacular style with his record-breaking second 146 break. Next up for Robertson is a second-round match against Ali Carter or Jak Jones.
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