Neil Robertson makes round two of International Championship in Chengdu after surviving passport woes
Last Updated: October 31, 2012 12:47pm
Neil Robertson: An emotional few days for the Australian
Neil Robertson eased into round two of the inaugural International Championship in Chengdu after surviving passport woes.
On the baize, former world champion Robertson had few problems in overcoming Welshman Ryan Day 6-3 in the evening session in China.
But the Australian, who lives in England, had visa issues ahead of his trip and was close to missing out on the new world ranking event which has a £600,000 winning purse.
"The past week has been a nightmare," Robertson told worldsnooker.com.
"I sent the passport recorded delivery to the DVLA's Peterborough office. But I couldn't track it. It finally turned up at my house half an hour before I was due to leave to go to Heathrow to fly to Shanghai.
"So I just had to hope that when I arrived they would give me a visa. As it turned out, the immigration staff in Shanghai all knew who I was and wanted pictures with me."
Earlier on Sunday, world No 5 Shaun Murphy needed only 89 minutes to overcome English compatriot Andrew Higginson 6-0 with breaks of 67, 52, 86 and 96.
The 2005 world champion, who has labelled the new event the "fourth major" in snooker, said: "It's been a long time coming and it's exciting to come to a city in the west of China where we've never been before.
It proved to be a lively Sunday morning session in China, with the three other matches settled in a 11th deciding frame.
Star of the show was 14-year-old local Lu Haotian, recovering from 5-2 down to stun Michael White with a 6-5 victory.
White, who required treatment on an ankle he injured playing tennis on Saturday, was forced to compete in just his socks to relieve the pain.
Wildcard Lu will now progress directly into the second round after receiving a bye because of Ronnie O'Sullivan's decision to pull out of the tournament.
Veteran and 1997 world champion Ken Doherty also bowed out to youthful Chinese opposition, the Irishman losing 6-5 to 15-year-old Zhao Xintong.
In an all-Chinese clash, Cao Yupeng fought back from 4-1 down to secure a 6-5 win against Wang Yuchen and set up a showdown with reigning world champion John Higgins in the last 32.
There were also wins for Jamie Burnett, Indian Aditya Mehta, while Fergal O'Brien set up a first round match against Judd Trump after a 6-3 success over Chen Feilong.