China Open 2018 Qualifiers

Player Details

Neil Robertson

Highest Tournament Break 147 - China Open 2010, Wuxi Classic 2013

12 Ranking event wins including: 2010 World Championship, 2010 World Open, 2013 China Open, 2013 UK Championship, 2015 UK Championship

2012 Masters, 2015 Champion of Champions

Robertson won back to back titles in late 2015. At the Champion of Champions in Coventry the Australian defeated Mark Allen 10-5 in the final. He then went on to take snooker’s second most prestigious ranking crown, the UK Championship.  After winning an epic 6-5 battle with John Higgins in the quarter-final, Robertson ruthlessly dismissed Mark Selby 6-0 in the last four. He then saw off Liang Wenbo to seal a second UK Championship title.

Robertson was denied a third win of the season in the final of the Welsh Open. He led Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-2 before a superb comeback from the ‘Rocket’ saw Robertson succumb to a 9-5 defeat.

He was on the right side of a blitz of frames against O’Sullivan at the 2015 Masters, as he recorded a 6-1 demolition in the last four to reach the final. However, he was forced to settle for the runner-up spot after a 10-2 defeat to Shaun Murphy.

He reached the final of the 2014 Australian Open on home turf in Bendigo near his native Melbourne. But was denied the title he craves in a 9-5 loss to Judd Trump.

The Australian won his first UK Championship title in 2013, beating Mark Selby 10-7 to become the first non-British player to win the so called Triple Crown, the World and UK Championships and the Masters.

During the 2013/14 season Robertson also became the first player to make 100 century breaks in a single season. He completed the ‘tonne of tonnes’ at the Crucible in his quarter-final with Judd Trump.

Robertson won the Masters in 2012, beating Shaun Murphy 10-6 in the final. He lifted the trophy in touching scenes as infant son Alexander joined him on the stage.

The highlight of his career so far came in 2010 when he made snooker history by becoming the first Australian to win the World Championship title, and only the third non-British player, after Cliff Thorburn and Ken Doherty, to lift the famous trophy. He overcame a gritty Graeme Dott in the final to claim an 18-13 victory.

Robertson, who comes from Melbourne but is based in Cambridge during the season, won the World Under-21 Championship in 2003.

He asserts that if it wasn’t for snooker, he would have made a career as a graphic designer. He also spends much of his spare time playing online games such as World of Warcraft.

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