Rampant Neil Robertson denies Ronnie O\’Sullivan at the World Grand Prix as Hawkins stuns Trump

Neil Robertson sent Ronnie O’Sullivan crashing out of the World Grand Prix after a commanding 4-1 victory in the second round on Thursday, while Barry Hawkins ousted Judd Trump by the same scoreline at the Preston Guild Hall.
Robertson halted a run of three straight defeats against the Rocket, producing breaks of 80, 70, 56 and 83 to advance to the quarter-finals of this event for the first time.
The Australian pounced in the opening frame with a neat run of 80 after O’Sullivan missed a straightforward red to the right centre, before a cracking long red in the next paved the way for a break of 70 to double his lead.
World number seven Robertson then controlled the third frame 63-0 to go three up with four to play and looked in a strong position to complete the whitewash after a 56 contribution in the fourth.
However, a loose safety shot allowed O’Sullivan back in and, despite running out of position on the pink after a run of 52, eventually sunk it to give him the faintest of hopes.
Nevertheless, rather than be despondent, Robertson responded in magnificent fashion with a quickfire break of 83 to seal a very impressive win.
He sets up a quarter-final showdown with Hawkins, who soared to a comprehensive victory over Trump by the same scoreline.
The Hawk came flying out of the blocks with runs of 65 and 86 opening up a two-frame cushion.
However, a slack safety shot in the next saw Trump take advantage by producing a wonderful clearance of 107 to halve the deficit.

Barry Hawkins swept Judd Trump aside on Thursday

The Ace then had an early chance to level after Hawkins played a poor break-off shot but, after missing on 30, the Hawk swoops with 73 to move one frame away from victory, which he secured thanks to a run of 72.
Liang Wenbo also booked his place in the quarter-finals after a narrow 4-3 victory over Mark Allen.
The first two frames were shared as Allen won a scrappy opener on the black, before Liang responded with runs of 34 and 62 in the second.
English Open winner Liang won the third on the colours and, despite Allen levelling with a solid break of 95, a further run of 85 saw him regain the lead.
The Pistol came back firing with breaks of 67 and 61 to set up a nail-biting decider, but was unable to deny the Chinese cueist from controlling proceedings to prevail.
Liang will take on Joe Perry, who also came out on top in a final-frame shootout against Martin Gould.
Gould made a purposeful start against the Masters finalist after dominating the first frame 73-0, before a run of 39 to the blue helped him double his lead in the second.
Perry was in danger of falling 3-0 behind when he trailed 46-1 in the third, but the Gentleman was handed a lifeline when Gould went in-off and took advantage by clearing with 85 to halve the deficit.
He then made it 2-2 on the pink before edging his nose in front thanks to a run of 69, but the Pinner Potter stopped the rot and forced a decider after dominating the sixth. However, the Cambridge cueist regained his composure and controlled things to advance.
Ladbrokes World Grand Prix 2017 Results
Thursday February 9
Second Round
Ronnie O’Sullivan 1-4 Neil Robertson
Barry Hawkins 4-1 Judd Trump
Martin Gould 3-4 Joe Perry
Mark Allen 3-4 Liang Wenbo

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