Haikou World Open: In-form Neil Robertson beats Rory McLeod 5-1
Last Updated: 12/03/14 6:04pm
Neil Robertson: Beat Rory McLeod
Neil Robertson moved closer to achieving an unprecedented century of centuries in a single season as he breezed through his latest Haikou World Open test.
The Australian has far exceeded the previous record of 61 tons in a campaign, set by Judd Trump last season, and extended his staggering 2013-14 haul to 91 with runs of 111 and 116 in a 5-1 win over Rory McLeod.
World number one Robertson will tackle Marco Fu in the third round as he steps up his bid for a third title this season, having already landed the UK Championship and Wuxi Classic.
Robertson is away and clear in the century stakes, but Ding Junhui has the edge over him on the trophy front, having already reeled in four ranking events this term.
Another in China this week would mean Ding matches Stephen Hendry's all-time record of five in a season, with the China Open and World Championship still to come.
Ding almost exited in the second round here as he trailed India's Pankaj Advani 4-2, before breaks of 52, 136 and 86 saw the match turn around 5-4 in favour of the home player, who next plays Shaun Murphy - a 5-1 second-round winner over Mark King.
Defending champion Mark Allen, attempting to win this tournament for a third successive year, came from 3-2 behind to overcome former world champion Mark Williams 5-3 in their second-round tussle.
Allen was relieved to see off his fellow left-hander, and revealed he achieved the win on the back of just two hours of sleep overnight.
"It was enough today. I wouldn't recommend it," Allen said on worldsnooker.com.
"Every time I come to China my sleep pattern is pretty bad. But I've won a few tournaments out here so I can't complain.
"I'll never use lack of sleep as an excuse for losing a match but I'd rather get a few more hours than two."
Next up for Allen is Ricky Walden, a 5-1 victor against Ken Doherty, while other winners on Wednesday included Shoot-Out champion Dominic Dale, Kurt Maflin, Mark Selby, Alan McManus, John Higgins, Graeme Dott and Trump.
Trump was in trouble at 4-3 behind against experienced Welshman Matthew Stevens, but the 24-year-old pulled through in the decider.