• Welsh Open

Bingham comeback shocks Robertson

ESPN staff
February 14, 2013
Neil Robertson could not finish the job against Stuart Bingham © PA Photos

Stuart Bingham came back from the dead in a final frame decider with Neil Robertson to win 4-3 and set up a quarter-final match-up with Ireland's Ken Doherty.

Bingham looked down and out as Australian Robertson built up an early lead in the seventh frame and when he could not pot, he played some intelligent safety shots.

But when the Essex man did take the table, 50 behind and with 51 on the baize, he cleared up in confident fashion.

Two frames earlier Robertson edged what looked like being the crucial frame when, at 2-2 and 52-52 in the fifth frame, he sunk the black on an easy angle for a 3-2 lead.

Yet world No. 10 Bingham roared back against the world No. 3 to take the next and force a decider, before biding his time impeccably to steal the win.

Stephen Maguire had a more straight-forward route through to the last eight as he defeated the last Welsh hope for a home winner Matthew Stevens 4-2.

Scot Maguire awaits the winner of Joe Perry, who knocked out world No. 1 Mark Selby in his previous round, and compatriot Alan McManus.

Reigning world billiards champion Pankaj Advani beat 2006 world champion Graeme Dott 4-1 to continue his history-making tournament. Advani's progress to the quarter-finals makes him the first Indian player reach the last eight of a major ranking snooker event.

The 27-year-old from Pune saw off Shaun Murphy in the first round and will now face world No. 2 Judd Trump after the Englishman beat Andrew Higginson 4-1.

"I am surprising myself with this run but I'm just going with the flow and trying to keep winning," Advani said. "It's exciting to be playing against the best in the world, at the top level and under the best conditions," added Advani.

Trump might be feeling nervous about facing the in-form Indian, given that Dott, Advani's latest opponent, destroyed him 6-1 at the Masters in January. But on the face of it he welcomed the challenge, in the 23-year-old's own individual way.

"It's nice to see someone from overseas do well and hopefully it will help us get some tournaments in India," Trump said. "I hope he bottles it under pressure tomorrow but I don't think he will."

Defending champion Ding Junhui comfortably beat Mark Allen 4-2, sealing victory with a 77 break in the sixth frame. Junhui took a 3-0 lead but runs of 81 and 86 helped bring Allen back to within a frame before the Chinaman ended the tie in style.

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