Bendigo Stadium - 9-15 July
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After suffering a disappointing start to the season having lost 5-1 to Jamie Burnett in the Wuxi Classic first round, local star and former world champion Neil Robertson begun his Australian Goldfields Open campaign with a brilliant 5-1 performance over Nigel Bond.
Robertson raced to a 4-0 lead with breaks of 135, 81, 92 and a 113 before the interval. When they resumed former world finalist Bond stole a scrappy 5th frame to keep his hopes alive before a fabulous 93 from Neil won him the match 5-1.
One way traffic from Neil Robertson
He will be tested in the next round however as he faces either young gun Jack Lisowski or the recent Six-Reds World Champion Mark Davis for a place in the quarter-finals.
The other big result from the day was from former multiple ranking event finalist Jamie Cope who came from 3-4 behind to beat last month's Wuxi Classic champion Ricky Walden 5-4, which included a top run of 103 from the Shotgun.
Cope will no doubt want to improve on his record in recent seasons which has seen him fail to reach a ranking event final since the 2007 China Open. He will play Stephen Lee in the Last 16 who himself came through a tough match 5-4 against Rory McLeod.
Leicester's Tom Ford also pulled off a good 5-2 win against the higher ranked Dominic Dale. The other Welshmen in the draw faired better however as Matthew Stevens r beat Liang Wenbo 5-3 with a top run of 128 and Ryan Day beat the higher ranked Andrew Higginson 5-4 to join Stevens in the last 16.
And lastly from day one, the two Australian wildcards in the draw, James Misfud and Johl Younger failed to progress as they lot 5-0 to Alan McManus and 5-2 to Cao Yupeng respectively.
Coverage of the tournament throughout can be found on the EuroSport channels and can also be watched online on the EuroSport Player.
Australian Goldfields Open - Day One Results
Cao Yupeng 5-2 Johl Younger
Alan McManus 5-0 James Mifsud
Matthew Stevens 5-3 Liang Wenbo
Dominic Dale 2-5 Tom Ford
Stephen Lee 5-4 Rory McLeod
Andrew Higginson 4-5 Ryan Day
Neil Robertson 5-1 Nigel Bond
Ricky Walden 4-5 Jamie Cope