Robertson beats Hamilton and illness

  • Last Updated: March 31 2014, 17:47 BST

An ill Neil Robertson went all the way with Anthony Hamilton in their China Open first-round clash before coming through and hailing one of the "greatest wins" of his career.

Neil Robertson: Battling a virus in China
Neil Robertson: Battling a virus in China

The Australian was on the brink of victory at 4-2 ahead but let his gritty opponent back into it as he struggled with a virus.

The 2010 world champion settled a scrappy affair with a clinching 57 in the decider, though, and immediately said on Twitter: "(This was) one of the greatest wins of my career. Possibly wouldn't have got on the plane had I known my virus was this bad."

Robertson will be joined in the next round by Snooker Shoot-out winner Dominic Dale - a 5-3 victor over Jack Lisowski - and another former world champion in Graeme Dott, who saw off Rory McLeod in a clash that went all the way.

James Wattana rolled back the years as he whitewashed Mark Joyce 5-0, while Jimmy White also recalled days gone by with a 5-2 success over David Morris.

Yu De Lu - who beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in Preston last week - was back on the winning trail to see off Chen Zifan 5-2, with victories coming elsewhere on a busy day for Nigel Bond, Zhao Xintong, Luca Brecel and Thepchaiya Uh-Nooh.

Xiao Guodong gave home fans plenty to cheer about as he cracked in a tournament-high 142 break in his win over Hammad Miah, while there were also triumphs for the likes of James O'Neill, Mark King, Dechawat Poomjaeng, Mike Dunn and John Astley.


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