Former world champion Graeme Dott beat Ricky Walden 10-8 in the first round match of the World Snooker Championship. Marco Fu is up to the second round.
Both Dott and Walden produced a terrific game of snooker in the first round match at The Crucible, but it was Dott who crossed the finishing line. Breaks of 72 and 65 in the first session put Dott in a 5-4 lead, despite a 135, 87 and 58 made by the world’s #7 Walden.
The great battle continued in the second session, as Walden scored another century break (104) in addition to a 78 break. Dott responded with breaks of 78 and 65 and completed a prestigious 10-8 triumph at The Crucible.
Dott was frustrated when changes to the format meant he had to win 3 best of 19 frame qualifiers instead of one round in order to reach the World Championship’s final stages at The Crucible. “Is that me at the Crucible? So I don’t need to do anything else – no beep tests, or assault course or anything?” he said. “As long as I’m there, I’m happy with that. Of course it’s not fair you have to play three qualifiers.”
Hong Kong’s Marco Fu defeated the world #42 Jimmy Robertson with breaks of 61, 87, 56 and 66 in the first session and 70, 88, 63 and 73 in the second, helping Fu to finish with a 10-6 victory.
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