World Snooker Championship 2022: Neil Robertson beats Ashley Hugill in first round

Sheffield (Agencies): Tournament favourite Neil Robertson looked in ominous form as he defeated debutant Ashley Hugill 10-5 in the first round of the World Championship.
Robertson, champion in 2010, trailed 3-1 but hit back in devastating fashion as a run of eight frames in a row helped him to a comfortable victory.
Robertson faces Jack Lisowski or Matthew Stevens in the next round.
The 2015 champion Stuart Bingham leads China’s Lyu Haotian 6-3, while John Higgins plays Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
Scotland’s four-time winner Higgins faces a tricky opener against Thailand’s Un-Nooh, who is the fastest player on tour.
Former Masters champion Yan Bingtao edged 5-4 ahead of Chris Wakelin in a high-quality first session. China’s Yan managed a century as well as seven breaks over 50, while Englishman Wakelin contributed 130, 74, 51 and 55.
Robertson ‘no doubt’ a contender
Australia’s Robertson has been the player of the season so far, winning four titles including the Masters and finishing runner-up in another, but his record in Sheffield is surprisingly poor. The 40-year-old has reached just one semi-final since lifting the trophy 12 years ago, a run the world number three described as being “terrible, awful, shocking”.
But after a slow start and seeing his opponent pull two frames back late on, Robertson proved too good for Crucible first-timer Hugill with heavy scoring including four centuries as well as runs of 97 and 72.
Robertson’s mother Alison was in attendance when he lifted the trophy 12 years ago and has flown over from Melbourne again, with the two seeing each other for the first time in three years.
He told BBC Sport: “I was a little bit nervy at the start but settled down quickly. She arrived three weeks ago and no-one has been able to get out of Australia because of the pandemic.
“She has a 100% strike record whenever she has come over, seeing me win this tournament, my first UK Championship in 2013 and Tour Championship this year too. Hopefully she is my lucky charm.”
Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry said: “It has been very strong from Robertson. At 3-1 he could have gone 4-1 down and looked edgy. But like Ronnie O’Sullivan, he did well to be 6-3 in front after the first session.
“When he get in he looks like he will clear the table every time. There is no doubt he is going to be a contender for this World Championship.”