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Australian star, Neil Robertson, took the first title of the new snooker season by beating Michael Holt in the Kaspersky Riga Masters by 5-2.

The former no.1, who lost to Nottinghamshire potter Holt in April’s World Championships 10-6, gained revenge for the defeat in the Latvia final.

The tournament, which last season was part of Europe’s minor world ranking PTCs (which has since been disbanded,) has now been upgraded to full world ranking status.

The Cambridge-based professional, was 2-1 down, but breaks of 79 and 69 see him take the title and with it, a cheque for 50,000 Euros.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win the first ranking event of the season,” admitted the UK Champion afterwards. “I have done it a couple of times before and it’s a good feeling because you can try to build on it for the remainder of the season. I wasn’t too sure what to expect coming here, but as it went on I played really well.”

 Robertson also paid tribute to the runner-up who was appearing in his first major world ranking final. “Michael is one of the most improved players on the circuit, he’s worked a lot with Terry Griffiths and you can see that in his game. He’s not afraid of the top players any more. The final was really hard work. I had to dig in deep and I potted some really good balls under pressure. I’m looking forward to the World Open in China next month and trying to claim another title.”

The seven matches Robertson won to take him to his 12th world ranking title, means he is now snooker’s most successful non-British player, with China’s Ding Junhui second with 11 titles.

 

 


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