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February 2, 2023

Snooker: Robertson knocked out of World Championship

Defending champion Neil Robertson crashed to a 10-8 first-round defeat by Judd Trump in the World Championship this week-end, according to bbc.co.uk. Robertson was looking good at 7-6, but the 14th-ranked Judd  won the next three frames before sealing a famous victory. Arriving in Sheffield on the back of his stunning China Open success had Trump in high  spirits and, despite several wayward shots, his potting ability and verve proved enough to see him over the line against last year’s winner. “I had  high expectations and I gave it my best,” the 21-year-old Trump said. “I  missed a few balls but I kept my composure. I’m on a high at the moment  and I don’t want it to finish. I want to make winning a habit.” Robertson had  not ailed to get beyond the first round since 2005 and he became the  seventh player to lose his first match when defending the world title. It was  more frustration for Robertson, who won the World Open in September, and he rued his errors in the first session.
“Certain mistakes cost me but I was on a hiding to nothing following his China Open win. I can’t have sour grapes, I’ve had a good run here,” the 29-year-old  said.

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