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German Masters Spot for Neil Robertson

The Australian was in fine scoring form at the Chase Leisure Centre.

Neil Robertson qualified for the German Masters on Friday thanks to a 5-1 second preliminary-round triumph against Michael White in Cannock.

The Australian compiled breaks of 135, 103, 88, 73, and 52 in a dominant display that overpowered the Welsh amateur top-up.



Robertson was the German Masters runner-up the last time the tournament was staged at the Tempodrom in Berlin two years ago, and he’ll return to Germany’s capital city in January for another crack at the title.

Joining him in the last 32 will be 2016 finalist Luca Brecel and the in-form Ricky Walden, who respectively thumped Wu Yize and Simon Lichtenberg by the same 5-1 scorelines.

Zhang Anda went one better, whitewashing fellow Chinese competitor Si Jiahui 5-0 with contributions of 69 and 66.

In the first qualifying round, there were victories for last week’s Northern Ireland Open champion Mark Allen and former German Masters winner Ali Carter.

Allen compiled a brace of tons in a 5-1 hiding of Alfie Burden while Carter, the 2013 champion, won the last four frames to fight back from 3-1 behind to deny Robert Milkins.

Last year’s runner-up Jack Lisowski also made it through to the second qualifying round thanks to a similar 5-3 defeat of Andrew Pagett.

Elsewhere, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh constructed a brilliant 147 break but it only counted for one frame as the Thai ultimately went down in a 5-3 reverse against Fan Zhengyi.

Compatriot Sunny Akani had a better time of it against Michael Judge, and among the others to qualify beyond the initial hurdle were Liam Highfield, Lu Ning, and Lyu Haotian.

On Saturday, those eight winners will compete against each other for another four places at the venue stages of the competition in January.

The likes of John Higgins, Shaun Murphy, and Jimmy White are set to enter the fray in the first qualifying round as well.

Live coverage is available on the Eurosport Player and Matchroom.Live.

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Featured photo credit: WST



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the UK Championship – won by Zhao Xintong.

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