Jimmy White and Neal Foulds were in awe of the quality of snooker on display as Neil Robertson beat Mark Williams to reach the semi-finals of the 2022 English Open.
The match featured five century breaks including a 147 from Williams – becoming the oldest player to do so in the process – as Robertson claimed a 5-3 win. The Australian had raced into a commanding 3-0 lead before Williams wowed the Brentwood crowd with his maximum, and gave his opponent something to think about when he narrowed the deficit to just one following another century in the seventh.
Robertson was able to take the victory with another ton, leaving the Eurosport panel impressed with what they saw.
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"Phenomenal game of snooker,” said White. "147 for Mark Williams. Not had a shot for three frames, steps in makes a 147.
"Another couple of centuries. It looked like whoever got the first red would basically win the frame, it was that good a match.
"I don’t think I’ve seen two players play that well in a best of nine.”
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Foulds was equally effusive with his praise, describing the clash as almost a "perfect" snooker match.
"I reckon the only way to make a better match than that is if you put all those frames together but it goes 4-4 and you have the final frame of what happened in the Masters, all the drama, then you have the perfect snooker match," he said.
At the Masters in January, Robertson won a final-frame decider against Williams despite requiring two snookers in one of the most dramatic finishes the sport had seen.
"You’ve had the breaks, the maximum and all the drama that went with it," continued Foulds about Friday's match.
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"It was clinical finishing, not only by the man who lost but even more so by the man that won.
"It was a real exhibition of break-building and scoring. Marvellous match and even Mark Williams is not going to come away disappointed after that.”
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