Defending champion Robertson ousted from first round at Snooker World Championships

12:26, April 17, 2011      

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Judd Trump (L) of England prepares to start a break during his first round match against defending champion Neil Robertson of Australia in 2011's World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, Britain, April 16, 2011. Trump won by 10:8 to enter the last 16. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

The defending champion Neil Robertson was knocked out of the first round 10-8 by England's rising star Judd Trump at the Snooker World Championships on Saturday.

The annual World Championships was unveiled at the Crucible Theatre on Saturday and the 29-years-old Robertson became the first loser in the competition.

"I made several silly mistakes," said Robertson, "but it's not really a setback. I have got six ranking titles in the past five or six years and the match today was so close all the way."

Trump, 21, came to Sheffield with a huge boost of confidence as he has just won his first ranking tournament title at China Open earlier this month. He managed to lead the first session 5-4 with two centuries, but Robertson pulled one back with 64:54 in the tenth frame.

While leading at 7-6 and 58-1, Trump missed a black ball to give Robertson chance. The Aussie then thrillingly cleared the table with a break of 58, climbing back to 7-7.

However, Trump was calm enough to take the following two frames and finally wrapped it up 10-8.

"I'm on a high at the moment and I don't want it to end. I want to make winning a habit," said the world No. 14 player.

2005 world champion Shaun Murphy is only one frame away from the second round as he leads Marcus Campbell 9-0.

Mark Williams heads Ryan Day 6-3. Ali Carter leads Dave Harold 8-1 while Andrew Pagett trails Jamie Cope 5-4.



Judd Trump (R) of England and defending champion Neil Robertson of Australia are seen break during their first round match in 2011's World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, Britain, April 16, 2011. Trump won by 10:8 to enter the last 16. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)


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