Welsh Open 2014: Rory McLeod brushed aside by Neil Robertson

Neil Robertson

World number one Neil Robertson thrashed Rory McLeod 4-0 to reach the third round of the Welsh Open.

The Australian made 57 to win the first frame, then took the next two after McLeod failed to take his chances.

Robertson finished in style with a break of 104 - his 87th century of the season - and will now face two-time champion Mark Williams after he beat Tian Pengfei 4-0.

Ronnie O'Sullivan also cruised through with a 4-1 win over Barry Pinches.

Welshman Williams took the opening frame with a run of 63 but Tian should have levelled the scores only to miss the brown, which let his opponent in to double his lead before making it 4-0 with runs of 77 and 108.

Reigning world champion O'Sullivan fell just short of a record-breaking maximum break as he set up a last 32 clash with China's Xiao Guodong.

O'Sullivan made 104 in five minutes during the opening frame but missed the 14th red, which rattled around the jaws, and the chance of a 147 was gone.

Shaun Murphy also progressed after breaks of 66 and 55 in his 4-2 win over Craig Steadman while world number five Barry Hawkins progressed with a 4-3 defeat of Cao Yupeng.

Ali Carter survived a scare as he came from 3-2 behind to beat Mike Dunn 4-3 with top runs of 62 and 86 and Jack Lisowski made breaks of 67, 64 and 81 as he beat Martin Gould 4-1.

Ben Woollaston chalked up a 4-1 defeat of Alfie Burden with runs of 65, 51, 86 and 65 and Glasgow's Anthony McGill overcame Ryan Day with breaks of 63, 90, 65 and 84.

Day's fellow Welshman Jamie Jones lost 4-3 to Scotland's Graeme Dott while Ricky Walden defeated Matthew Selt 4-2.

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