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Robertson to face Liang in UK final

Robertson whitewashes Selby
Betway UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 24 November – 6 December
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Australia’s Neil Robertson whitewashed world quantity 1 Mark Selby to set up a UK Championship final against Liang Wenbo at York’s Barbican on Sunday.

Robertson stormed into a four- interval lead and continued to pounce on errors to claim a six- victory.

UK Championship: Liang Wenbo beats David Grace to attain final

The planet quantity 3 told BBC Sport: “I nicked a handful of frames and played effectively at the business end of frames.”

Planet quantity 29 Liang, who has by no means won a ranking event, beat David Grace 6-4 in the other semi-final.

In reaching the final, the Chinese has jumped into the leading 16 in the globe which qualifies him for a place at subsequent month’s Masters.

Robertson the frame stealer

Selby produced 50-plus breaks in the initial two frames, but lost them both as Robertson showed amazing capability to fight his way out of difficulty.

It was greatest illustrated in a gripping second frame exactly where the Australian trailed by 55 points but made a 68 clearance to take it on the black.

Robertson, the 2013 UK champion, also stole the next frame with a break of 53 and then won a scrappy fourth.

He added: “It was 4-, but on reflection it could very easily have been two-2.”

Selby looked odds-on to break his duck in the fifth frame, but Robertson won a safety bout and cleared from the green.

Hunting increasingly desperate, Selby went for more extended pots in the sixth frame and following missing a essential a single on the colours, Robertson kept his cool to win on the black.

Edgy Liang finds his nerve

Liang Wenbo lets his frustrations show soon after missing a simple pot in the semi-final against David Grace

Regardless of winning the opening frame, Romford-based Liang looked a diverse player from the one particular who racked up 3 successive centuries against Hong Kong’s Marco Fu in the quarter-finals.

He appeared edgy becoming favourite, sometimes slapping his personal face as his frustrations boiled over.

Grace, who cleans snooker tables to supplement his earnings, won 3 frames in a row with a highest break of just 52 to lead three-1 at the interval as the contest took a although to warm up a capacity crowd in York.

Liang, whose only other ranking final was the Shanghai Masters in 2009, knocked in a match-very best 110 break in the initial frame following the interval to decrease the arrears, but Grace restored his two-frame advantage at four-2.

The Chinese won two additional scrappy frames to level the match in the eighth before a vital 50 break gave him the lead for the 1st time given that the opening frame.

He let a comfy lead slip in the 11th, but soon after potting an outstanding green and following it with a hard brown to the middle pocket, Grace faltered on the pink and Liang took advantage.

On reaching his very first UK ranking final, Liang stated: “I’m under no stress. I will get pleasure from the game.”

The final, which will be reside on BBC Two and the BBC Sport site, is the very best of 19 frames and begins at 13:00 GMT.