UK Championship: Neil Robertson thrashed by Yan Bingtao in York

Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao was not born until the 21st Century
Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao (right) will play three-time champion John Higgins in the quarter-finals
Betway UK Championship
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 26 November-8 December
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Two-time champion Neil Robertson became the fourth top-eight player to bow out of this year's UK Championship as he was mauled 6-1 by China's Yan Bingtao.

World number four Robertson was outplayed by 19-year-old Yan, scoring just 88 points as he slipped 4-0 behind in their fourth-round match.

The Australian had chances in a scrappy fifth frame but failed to cash in.

And although Robertson, 37, somehow won frame six when needing four snookers, Yan closed out a stunning win.

Robertson praises dangerous Yan

"He played brilliantly," Robertson said. "In the last 16 of events he is very dangerous when he is the underdog.

"I rattled a few balls but he kept getting in first. His safety was awesome and he played fantastic. He played with a lot more experience than his age. He played a very good match.

"I can't be overly critical of my own performance."

Robertson seemed set to be on the receiving end of a 6-0 whitewash but somehow managed to get three snookers before clearing the colours to bring a glimmer of hope at 5-1.

But world number 20 Yan, whose victory at the Riga Masters this year earned him his first ranking event success, held his nerve in by winning frame seven on the final black to set up a quarter-final against three-time champion John Higgins.

Robertson's departure comes after shock defeats for former champions Judd Trump, Mark Williams and Shaun Murphy.

In the evening's other last-16 match, Liang Wenbo came from 2-1 down to beat Li Hang 6-4 in an-all Chinese encounter.

Liang, the 2015 runner-up, flew home to China after his first-round match last Tuesday following the death of his mother.

But he returned to beat David Grace and Eden Sharav and now faces Ronnie O'Sullivan or Ding Junhui in the last eight.

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