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Rampant Robertson Destroys Jones

Neil Robertson continued his fine start to the season as he easily dismantled the challenge of Jamie Jones to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Goldfields Open in Bendigo.

Robertson has already begun the campaign in the same fashion as he did this time last year by capturing the opening ranking event title at the Wuxi Classic.

From there he almost went on to claim silverware in his home event but disappointingly came up just short in the final against Marco Fu.

The 32 year-old will be looking to go one better in 2014 and finally add the one trophy that is noticeably missing from his cabinet.

Robertson looks to be in fine fettle too, as breaks of 140, 103, 86 and 80 ensured that he powered his way through what could have been a tricky obstacle.

All in all, it was a good day for most of the higher ranked players Down Under.

Third seed Judd Trump endured a typically tough battle with Alan McManus before eventually prevailing 5-3.

In a high-quality affair, the pair traded plenty of big breaks and it looked as though Scotland’s McManus might be able to force yet another decider, having already featured in four so far this season, when he was in the balls in the eighth but Trump quashed any such notion with a 107 to book a quarter-final spot against Ricky Walden.

Walden saw off fellow Englishman Martin Gould 5-2 while in another English affair Stuart Bingham emerged victorious with the same scoreline success over Mark Joyce.

Elsewhere, 2012 runner-up Peter Ebdon was within touching distance of progressing when he led Xiao Guodong 4-3 and was 61 points up in the eighth frame.

Yet, a cool 67 clearance from the Chinese forced the final frame shoot-out, which the Shanghai Masters finalist also came from behind in to oust the former world champion.

Finally, Mark Davis avoided a similarly nervy conclusion in his clash with Shaun Murphy by withstanding a mini comeback from 4-1 to 4-3 to eventually prevail with a frame to spare.

All eight players remaining have been seeded inside the top 16 for this event, following non-entries and what not, so there should be an exciting and competitive climax to the championship in Oz.

The full draw can be viewed by clicking here.

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