Robertson suffers shock loss in China

Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson is a winner of 11 ranking titles

Former champion Neil Robertson suffered a shock 5-3 defeat by Noppon Saengkham in the first round of the China Open.

In a high-quality contest in Beijing, Australia’s Robertson, who won the event in 2013, went out despite making two breaks of 106 and one of 81.

Thailand’s Saengkham led 2-0 with breaks of 81 and 67, before runs of 70 and 80 gave him victory.

The ranking event is the last before the season-ending World Championship in Sheffield, which starts on 16 April.

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