Aussie Robertson wins English Open snooker

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Australian ace Neil Robertson has claimed the English Open snooker title, defeating Scotland's John Higgins 9-8 in a see-sawing final.

A year after being trounced 9-0 in the final by Englishman Judd Trump, 39-year-old Robertson made amends in Milton Keynes on Sunday night as he rallied to land his 21st ranking title.

Roberston, the 2010 world champion, piled more final-frame agony on Higgins, who lost the final three frames for a second final in succession, having suffered an identical 9-8 loss in last month's Northern Ireland Open final against Mark Allen.

Higgins had the first chance in the decider but beached on 22 when he over-cut a red, and Robertson shrugged off his earlier inconsistency to win the match with a break of 65.

"I found something from somewhere, and I played my best snooker towards the end of the match," said Robertson.

Robertson earned some high praise with English star Ronnie O'Sullivan saying in television commentary: "It's a little surprising he (Robertson) has not won the world championship more than once."

The UK Championship is one of the big three snooker events along with the world championship and the Masters and Robertson has also three UK Championships and one Masters to his name.

"He'd like to maybe get two or three (more) Worlds, two or three (more) UKs," O'Sullivan said.

"But he is capable of it and he has that Rolls-Royce cue action that most snooker players envy."

Higgins had seized command of the final by winning the first four frames of the evening session and converting a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 lead.

The Australian fired two centuries, including a 140 in the fifth frame.

But Higgins, who won the last three frames of his semi-final to sink Ronnie O'Sullivan, was far from finished and he got the better of four attritional opening frames of the evening session to take control.

The mid-session interval could not have come at a better time for the Australian, who looked entirely out of sorts, and he duly returned to stop the rot, capitalising on a Higgins in-off to reduce the deficit to 6-7.

A 55 helped Higgins move one frame from victory but Robinson clawed back with a half-century of his own, then delivered a brilliant 120 clearance to force the decider and ultimately seal victory.

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