Semi-Final Showdown Set as Robertson and Ding Advance in Huading Nylon World Open

Neil Robertson of Australia triumphed over Barry Hawkins 5-2, securing a spot in the semi-finals of the Huading Nylon World Open in Yushan. This sets the stage for an exciting clash with Chinese sensation Ding Junhui.

This victory marks Robertson’s return to the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time since the 2022 English Open. Over this intervening period, the former Crucible champion has faced a dip in rankings due to struggles with his form.

Should Robertson emerge victorious in this event, he will secure a berth in the upcoming Johnstone’s Paint Tour Championship, where only the top 12 players of the season qualify. Additionally, he will maintain his position within the top 16 of the rankings, avoiding the need to compete in World Championship qualifying rounds.

Throughout this week’s tournament, the standard of break-building has been relentless, and Robertson maintained this momentum in his latest match. Notable runs of 127, 87, and 87 propelled him to an early 3-0 lead, though Hawkins managed to pull one back before the mid-session interval. Following the break, Robertson’s break of 115 put him on the brink of victory at 4-1. Although Hawkins mounted a brief comeback, Robertson sealed the deal with a decisive 79 break, clinching the match 5-2.

Reflecting on his performance, Robertson stated, “I’m just focused on this week. You can see my game is in great shape.” While aware of the potential outcomes, he emphasized his approach of not succumbing to pressure regarding tournament wins for qualification purposes, attributing his success to this mindset.

Meanwhile, Ding Junhui secured his spot in the semi-finals with a dominant 5-0 victory over Iran’s top player, Hossein Vafaei. Fans in Yushan eagerly gathered to witness Ding’s prowess, as he displayed his talent with breaks of 73, 74, 135, and 102, ultimately achieving a whitewash victory.

Looking ahead to his clash with Robertson, Ding aims to reverse his recent record against the Australian, having lost their last four encounters.

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