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Robertson blows away Williams

World number one Neil Robertson made short work of his UK Championship second-round match at York's Barbican Centre on Monday.

The Australian beat Robbie Williams 6-1 to set up a clash with China's Li Hang.

Robertson swept the frames before the interval, helped by breaks of 64 and 53, as Williams struggled to settle.

The Wirral left-hander at least got on the board in the first frame after the interval, but breaks of 119 and 90 from Robertson rendered it academic.

Robertson said: "I got through nice and quick, that was my goal.

"I gave him some chances early on but in some ways that can be good with players who haven't had too much TV exposure because they can beat themselves up, and that's what he did.

"He pegged a frame back but I made 90 and 100 the last two, so I'm happy to get through."

Williams labelled his performance "rubbish" compared to his recent semi-final runs at the Indian Open and a Players' Tour Championship event in Germany.

He admitted: "I just couldn't get going. It got a bit embarrassing towards the end.

"I just didn't want to get beat 6-0... 6-1, I can take something from it I suppose."

Please note language in first par John Higgins labelled his form "soul-destroying" and "continually s***" despite beating fellow Scot Jamie Burnett 6-4.

A 92 in the penultimate frame was Higgins' only break of note but he found enough resolve to outlast Burnett, who won his four frames with breaks of 105, 52, 82 and 57.

Mark Selby came from 3-1 down for the second game in succession to beat China's Tian Pengfei 6-3.

Tian made 64 in frame two and 49 to steal the frame before the interval by a point.

But Selby reeled off five frames in a row with breaks of 116, 58 and 59

He said: "It seems to be the same old story, 3-1 down and then I start playing okay.

"I go out there to try and get a good start and it seems to work the other way and I put myself under pressure. It's something to look into for the next match.

"Hopefully it doesn't happen again - but at the same time, hopefully it does if I keep winning."

Shaun Murphy briefly fell behind in his third-round match with Noppon Saengkham but ultimately came through 6-2.

The 'Magician' made breaks of 105, 69, 61 and 56 to set up a clash with Barry Hawkins, who beat Gary Wilson 6-4 in the morning session.

Stuart Bingham reached the last 16 with a 6-2 win over Anthony McGill while Joe Perry beat Scott Donaldson 6-3, as yesterday's Scottish charge petered out somewhat.

Amateur Mitchell Travis followed up his opening upset of world number six Marco Fu with a 6-4 second-round win over Norway's Kurt Maflin.

Maflin came from 2-0 down with breaks of 93 and 77 and the pattern was repeated after the interval, Travis pulling two clear and Maflin levelling despite a failed 147 attempt.

Travis won the next two, though, and said: "I'm playing in the second biggest tournament in the snooker calendar, and I'm into the last 32.

"Who would have thought that, an amateur, through to the last 32, beating two top-class players?"

A star-studded evening session sees Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump both in action,

Ali Carter and Graeme Dott going head to head in the chase for a Masters qualification place and Stephen Maguire taking on Liang Wenbo.