Australia’s Neil Robertson eased into the second round of the World Snooker Championship by wrapping up a comfortable win over Michael Georgiou today in Sheffield.
The 2010 champion had appeared on course for a rare whitewash after leading 9-0 overnight at the Crucible Theatre.
John Parrott is the only player to have achieved the feat, with the English player having beaten Australia’s Eddie Charlton 10-0 at the event in 1992.
Debutant Georgiou avoided joining Charlton as the Cypriot player achieved a break for 90 to clinch his first frame of the tournament.
Robertson, the world number four, then clinched the next frame to seal a 10-1 victory.
England’s Shaun Murphy could achieve a whitewash tomorrow as the 2005 winner established a 9-0 advantage over Chinese debutant Luo Honghao in the first session of their match.
852-78— World Snooker (@WorldSnooker) April 21, 2019
That is @Magician147's advantage over debutant Luo Honghao in points 😬
Four tons for the 2005 champ, including a tournament-high 138 and a 123 to seal a 9-0 overnight lead #ilovesnooker @Betfred pic.twitter.com/lNM7cUN1Fp
China’s Ding Junhui was among those to complete their first round matches today, with the 2016 runner-up advancing.
He led 6-3 overnight against Scotland’s Anthony McGill.
The two players both took four frames today, as Ding clinched a 10-7 victory.
The winner of the event will claim a record £500,000 ($650,000/€578,000) in prize money.
Competition is scheduled to run through until May 6.