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Robertson Romps to Gdynia Open Title

Neil Robertson won the Gdynia Open for the second time after a 4-0 victory over Mark Williams in Poland on Sunday.

Robertson is back to no.2 in the world following the victory - photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.
Robertson is back to no.2 in the world following the victory – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

The Australian was triumphant when the Gdynia Open was held for the first time in 2012, and he overcame defending champion Shaun Murphy in the semi-finals en route to his triumph.

Welshman Williams had played well on the final day to reach the showdown for the trophy, beating the likes of Joe Perry and Jimmy Robertson comfortably, but was left to rue missed opportunities in the final.

After Robertson opened the contest with a break of 65, Williams had a difficult opportunity to clear and snatch the frame that he ultimately failed with to grant his opponent an early advantage.

Robertson, whose last title came at the Wuxi Classic at the outset of the campaign, went 2-0 clear before a crucial third frame all but ended the duel between the two former world champions.

Williams compiled a run of 67 but Robertson responded with a break of 63 to steal the frame on the black, before an excellent 109 century in the fourth frame sealed the victory.

Earlier in the day, Robertson had also beaten 19 year-old Oliver Lines, whom he hit the joint highest break of the tournament against with a 142, and familiar foe Judd Trump in tight deciding frame thrillers.

Of course, the Gdynia Open was the sixth and final tournament on the European Tour series this season and thus the final line-up for the Players Championship Grand Finals has been confirmed.

Similarly, the event was the last to count towards the World Grand Prix one-year money standings with the top 32 competitors being invited to the lucrative competition later this month.

The action comes at a frenetic pace as the World Seniors Championship gets under way in Blackpool on Monday, with Steve Davis defending his crown.



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Snooker Championship – won by Mark Selby.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Shaun Murphy
6. Kyren Wilson
7. John Higgins
8. Ding Junhui
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Yan Bingtao
11. Mark Williams
12. Mark Allen
13. Barry Hawkins
14. Jack Lisowski
15. Stuart Bingham
16. Anthony McGill

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