Whitewashes for Robertson & Carter at UK Championship


Neil Robertson’s 16 ranking titles puts him joint fifth on the all-time list
Betway UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 26 November-8 December
Coverage: Watch live across BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and mobile app from 30 November

Two-time winner Neil Robertson crushed Malta’s Alex Borg 6-0 to become the first man to reach round two of the UK Championship at the York Barbican.

The Australian world number four scored a century and two breaks of 81 against Borg, ranked 121 places below him.

Ali Carter, twice a semi-finalist at the event, was also a 6-0 winner against fellow Englishman Brandon Sargeant on the opening afternoon.

Robertson was thrilled with a victory that ended up being “nice and easy”.

But he felt he missed out on three more centuries.

“Alex is very experienced but he didn’t show up,” added Roberston, 37, who plays either Robbie Williams or Luo Honghao in the second round. “I wasn’t really put under any pressure.”

Scotland’s John Higgins, a three-time winner, gets his tournament under way in the evening session against Peter Lines, while England’s world number 11 David Gilbert is also in action against James Cahill.

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