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Neil Robertson to face Higgins in final

Updated: Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 18:08 | Comments

Neil Robertson: 'It's a fantastic achievement for me to reach back-to-back finals in China'
Neil Robertson: 'It's a fantastic achievement for me to reach back-to-back finals in China'

Neil Robertson comfortably saw off the challenge of Robert Milkins to storm through to the final of the Wuxi Classic and a showdown with former world champion John Higgins.

World number one Robertson was pushed all the way by quarter-final opponent Cao Yupeng yesterday before edging a 5-4 win, but had few worries today in defeating Milkins 6-2.

The Australian raced into a 4-0 lead on the back of four half-century breaks, and although Milkins pulled a couple of frames back, Robertson was not to be denied and went on to seal his triumph with a break of 92 in frame eight.

The victory also sees Robertson gain revenge for his shock 10-8 defeat at the hands of Englishman Milkins in the first round of this year's Betfair World Championship.

Robertson was pleased with his performance as he moved a step closer to winning successive titles in China, having lifted the China Open in Beijing in April.

He said on www.worldsnooker.com: "My safety was very good, I scored well and my long potting was great.

"I played one bad shot at 4-0 and he came back to 4-2, but I responded well and played two good frames after that.

"It's a fantastic achievement for me to reach back-to-back finals in China."

Higgins had enjoyed an easier quarter-final success against Joe Perry, and his semi today was equally straightforward as he wrapped up a 6-2 victory over Matthew Stevens.

The Scot, who lifted the Bulgarian Open earlier this month, had breaks of 61, 66 and two of 57 to help open up a dominant 5-0 lead in the best-of-11 contest.

Welshman Stevens briefly threatened a comeback by taking the next two frames, but Higgins extinguished any hopes once and for all in the eighth with a century break.

 
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