Robertson passes wildcard test

Jimmy Robertson, professional snooker player from Bexhill
Jimmy Robertson, professional snooker player from Bexhill

Snooker star Jimmy Robertson chalked up his first ever victory in the venue stage of a world ranking event today (Monday).

The Bexhill cueman, ranked 53rd in the world, overcame the highly talented 14-year-old Zhou Yuelong 5-2 in the wildcard round of the Haikou World Open in China.

Breaks of 77 and 89 secured the opening two frames for 25-year-old Robertson before the baby-faced Zhou levelled the match at the interval with runs of 65 and 46.

Robertson, though, knuckled down and took the subsequent three frames for a win which sets up a last 32 clash against Northern Ireland ace Mark Allen on Wednesday.

“I didn’t know much about him so I googled him when I saw the draw. He’s a good player and he could play, but I felt I played pretty well myself,” a delighted Robertson told worldsnooker.com

It’s Robertson’s second appearance in the venue stage of a ranking event and first outside the UK having previously qualified for the Betfred.com World Championship last April.