Robertson's 700-century snooker milestone

Australian Neil Robertson recorded his 700th snooker century as he defends his Welsh Open title

Australia's Neil Robertson has become only the fourth player in professional snooker history to make 700 centuries.

Defending champion Robertson won 4-2 over Mark Joyce at the Welsh Open in Cardiff, starting impressively with 135 that put him in an elite group with Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and century leader Ronnie O'Sullivan (1040).

The win in the last-64 encounter took in-form Robertson's record in ranking play to 20 victories out of 21.

The 38-year-old won the Coral World Grand Prix in Cheltenham on Sunday, having already this year triumphed at the European Masters in Austria and finished runner-up at the German Masters.

Five-time Welsh Open champion John Higgins beat Ken Doherty 4-1, while four-time champion O'Sullivan will face Anthony Hamilton having beaten Stuart Carrington 4-2.