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Neil Robertson plays down favourite status after beating Liang Wenbo

  • Australian into second round after 10-3 win
  • Jamie Jones and David Gilbert also through

Neil Robertson has vowed to take nothing for granted after underscoring his status as one of the favourites for this year’s World Snooker Championship by brushing aside Liang Wenbo at the Crucible. Two further centuries and a final flourish of 73 helped the in-form 39-year-old convert a 6-3 overnight advantage into a routine 10-3 win over the former UK Championship finalist.

It is far from the first time Robertson has been hailed as a champion-elect in the early stages of the Crucible, with Shaun Murphy famously calling to “get the engravers ready” after being thumped by the Australian in the 2019 second round.

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