Players Championship: Neil Robertson battles past Mark Williams

Neil Robertson
Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson held off a fightback from world champion Mark Williams to reach the semi-finals of snooker's Players Championship.

Having trailed 2-1 early, Robertson rattled off breaks of 63, 62, 95 and 75 to move into a 5-2 lead only for Williams to take the next two and keep his hopes alive.

The Welshman then forced an opening in the 10th frame but was made to pay for breaking down as Robertson ruthlessly worked his way to the last four, where he'll face Judd Trump.

The pair met at the same stage of The Masters back in January, Trump taking that match 6-4 on his way to the title, and the left hander was also victorious when the pair met in this event a year ago.

Robertson though has looked back to his best of late and while unable to add to a pair of centuries against Joe Perry in the first round, will no doubt have been pleased with the manner in which he fended off Williams here.

Mark Allen became the third man through to the semi-finals as he defeated 2015 world champion Stuart Bingham 6-4 to make his fourth ranking event semi of the season.

It'll be a big one as well as Allen will now face the winner of Friday's John Higgins v Ronnie O'Sullivan showdown in Preston.

Thursday's Players Championship results

  • Mark Allen 6-4 Stuart Bingham
  • Neil Robertson 6-4 Mark Williams

Related content

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read

A few at big prices appeal at Newbury1

Value Bet: Saint and Reveley

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value from Kelso and Newbury on Saturday afternoon as a rare visitor to the Scottish track could have a day to remember.

Sporting Life's England v Czech Republic preview2

Going for goals at Wembley

George Pitts expects England to get their campaign off to a promising start, but fancies the Czech Republic to at least get on the score sheet at Wembley.

Saturday's best bets3

Saturday's Bets of the Day

Our team highlight their best Saturday bets, with Matt Brocklebank waiting until the evening card at Kempton and George Pitts looking at Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Stone Of Destiny is backed to score4

Simon Holt: Destiny calling

Andrew Balding's Stone Of Destiny is a strong fancy for Simon Holt at Lingfield - he has three Saturday selections.

Noel Fehily celebrates on Rock On Ruby after winning the 2012 Champion Hurdle5

Saturday's racing preview

David Clough expects Noel Fehily to enjoy a dream send-off on Get In The Queue at Newbury on Saturday - he has a tip for every race on every card.

Most Read

A few at big prices appeal at Newbury1

Value Bet: Saint and Reveley

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value from Kelso and Newbury on Saturday afternoon as a rare visitor to the Scottish track could have a day to remember.

Sporting Life's England v Czech Republic preview2

Going for goals at Wembley

George Pitts expects England to get their campaign off to a promising start, but fancies the Czech Republic to at least get on the score sheet at Wembley.

Saturday's best bets3

Saturday's Bets of the Day

Our team highlight their best Saturday bets, with Matt Brocklebank waiting until the evening card at Kempton and George Pitts looking at Euro 2020 qualifiers.

Stone Of Destiny is backed to score4

Simon Holt: Destiny calling

Andrew Balding's Stone Of Destiny is a strong fancy for Simon Holt at Lingfield - he has three Saturday selections.

Noel Fehily celebrates on Rock On Ruby after winning the 2012 Champion Hurdle5

Saturday's racing preview

David Clough expects Noel Fehily to enjoy a dream send-off on Get In The Queue at Newbury on Saturday - he has a tip for every race on every card.

Racing Tips

The best bet runs at Newcastle, according to David Clough

Friday's racing preview

Ashley Iveson makes Exceeding Power his best bet of the day at Lingfield on Friday and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

A few at big prices appeal at Newbury

Value Bet: Saint and Reveley

Ben Linfoot seeks out the value from Kelso and Newbury on Saturday afternoon as a rare visitor to the Scottish track could have a day to remember.

Stone Of Destiny is backed to score

Simon Holt: Destiny calling

Andrew Balding's Stone Of Destiny is a strong fancy for Simon Holt at Lingfield - he has three Saturday selections.

Next Race Off

20:45 Dundalk
5
(4)
Ragtime Red
J: C T Keane
7
(6)
Invincible Queen
J: R P Whelan
8
(9)
Lizard Point
J: C P Hoban

Football Tips

Sporting Life Accumulator

With the international break pausing action in the Championship, we have backed four teams in League One and League Two...

Our best bets for Friday's Euro 2020 qualifying action

Euro 2020 tips: Best of the rest

The qualifiers for Euro 2020 continue on Friday night with a number of games across the groups. Tom Carnduff has three anytime scorer bets.

Sporting Life's England v Czech Republic preview

Going for goals at Wembley

George Pitts expects England to get their campaign off to a promising start, but fancies the Czech Republic to at least get on the score sheet at Wembley.