Robertson goes down under pressure from Holt

Australian Neil Robertson is the latest in a string of top 16 players to fall at the first hurdle.

Robertson goes down under pressure from Holt
Plenty to ponder for Neil Robertson. | Photo: Getty Images

2010 World Champion Neil Robertson has now lost four consecutive matches in the past two months, as the world number four was stunned by Michael Holt in the opening round at the Crucible.

Holt shows courage to progress 

With a 6-3 advantage in the bag after the opening session, Holt strolled round the table with verve and purpose, whilst Robertson looked tired and rusty. The underdog extended his lead further with a break of 79 in the opening frame of the session, before a handful of tight frames tested both players' tactical ability. 

Robertson edged the eleventh frame, before Holt won the following two, as the match lacked flow but the outsider extended his lead to 9-4 and put himself just one step away from the second round. Robertson did put together breaks of 79 and 54 as he grabbed two consolation frames, but Holt sealed another surprise victory this week in the sixteenth frame as he ran out a 10-6 winner. The world number 28 now faces Mark Williams on Friday.

Barry Hawkins preys on Zhang Anda's inexperience 

With the world numbers two, three and four already out of the competiton, world number eleven Barry Hawkins may feel he has half a chance of lifting the trophy. Beginning his campaign as a 60 place superior to his opponent Zhang Anda, Hawkins ended the session 6-3 ahead without ever really setting the Crucible alight. 

Although Hawkins put together three half century breaks, his top score was just 66 on two occassions. Anda on the other hand also made three half centuries, all of which were bigger than Hawkins' efforts with two just falling short of centuries.

Yet Hawkins' class and experience came to the fore as he won frames at important stages in the match. After winning the opening two, he was pegged back to 3-3, before surging away at the end of the session to take a three frame lead into the second session on Wednesday afternoon.