Snooker - Robertson, Ding sweep into China Open final

Defending champion Neil Robertson moved into the final of the China Open by beating Ali Carter 6-2 in the first semi-final.

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Snooker - Robertson, Ding sweep into China Open final
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Neil Robertson, 2013 (Getty)

Runs of 69, 79 and 70 saw Robertson into a 4-0 lead and it looked as though it would be a five-frame advantage when he made 59 at the start of the next but Carter managed to grind out the frame 64-59 to cut the arrears.

Carter then constructed a 106 to further close the gap but Robertson took frame seven with a break of 67 before seeing out the contest with a 41 clearance.

Robertson, who had struggled with a virus all week, said: "I had a very good night's rest last night, 12 or 13 hours sleep, which was important and I felt much better today.

"My performances have improved as the week has gone on and today was the best I have played. It has been a new experience for me to be sick during a tournament but I have kept fighting. It's an amazing achievement."

In Saturday's late session, Ding Junhui whitewashed Mike Dunn 6-0.

"I have kept my momentum going through the week," said Ding. "I have played very carefully during every match.

"I think Robertson has been playing well. I have been watching his matches this week and I don't think he has played badly. He's a much better a match player than most of the others."

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