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Robertson Dominates Start

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Australian Neil Robertson dominated the first session of the semi-final against 2008 runner-up Allister Carter at the Betfred.com World Championship

Bidding to be only the second overseas world champion in Crucible history, it was Neil Robertson who opened his account first in this Betfred.com World Championship semi-final.

Displaying his attacking but fluent cue action he slotted home a long range red from Allister Carters' break off shot and in doing so, shaking off any nerves he may have had from the outset.

After taking the first, Robertson 'The Thunder from Down Under' stormed into a two frame lead with a 124 break.

It was the Australians' fourth century of the event and increased his tally for the season to an impressive 19, including a maximum 147 at the China Open.

Carter who booked his semi-final spot after winning an epic tussle with Shaun Murphy,looked well on course to reduce his arrears in the next.

With Robertson at the snookers' required stage, Carter failed to put the frame totally beyond reach.

Appearing in the one table arena for the second consecutive year, he trapped qualified pilot Carter in a tough snooker.
Carter's radar failed to find an escape and Robertson delivered an early telling blow, stealing on the black to lead 3-0.

Cambridge based Robertson increased Carters' plight, in the last before the mid-session. In confident fashion he rolled in another frame winning contribution, this time a solid 91 doing the damage.

Robertson the world number nine and current Grand Prix champion, looked by far the more relaxed of the two players.He extended his advantage further at 5-0, this time with runs of 47 and 76.

Clearly relieved, Carter stopped the Australians winning run of frames. He compiled breaks of 40 and 23 to get off the ground, but 22 minutes later he was to be trailing again by five. Robertson securing the seventh of the afternoons' play with his fourth fifty plus break.

Tiptree cueist Carter, who had doggedly stuck to his task in earlier matches when defeating Joe Perry and Shaun Murphy.

Produced that same determination in the last of this eight frame session. Unanswered runs of 38 and 69 helped him to his second frame.

Robertson who expressed that he had learnt so much, from last years semi-final experience. He finished 6-2 up over what appeared to be a jet lagged Carter, following his hard fought late night quarter-final match.

They continue Friday morning at 10am in the second of the scheduled four session match.

30th April 2010, 15:10
 
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