Robert Milkins adds Neil Robertson to defeated former champions
Five former world champions have now exited in the first round
Robert Milkins celebrates after winning his first-round match against Neil Robertson during day five of the World Snooker Championship at Crucible Theatre in Sheffield. Photograph: Naomi Baker/Getty Images
Robertson threatened to stage a comeback when he won the first two frames of the second session at the Crucible Theatre to reduce his deficit to 6-5.
But the off-form left-hander scored just 36 points in the next four frames as Milkins made breaks of 69, 55 and 54 to secure a 10-5 win and book his place in the last 16.
Milkins, who also beat Robertson in the first round in 2013, told the BBC: “This is the biggest out of the two.
“I can’t remember much about five years ago. I don’t think I played brilliant and I think Neil was a bit drained at that time. This time I put in a good performance, especially in the first session.
“There was times out there today in the second session I didn’t know what I was doing and I was lucky that I just stepped up the pace a bit. I felt I was playing a bit slow.
“Neil won the first two [frames] and was unlucky in the next when he had a massive kick and it sort of changed after that.”
Williams produced the highest break of the tournament so far with a total clearance of 140 on his way to a 10-5 win over Jimmy Robertson.
The 43-year-old Welshman held a 7-2 lead after the first session, but saw Robertson win a scrappy opening frame and then steal the next with a 55 clearance after Williams had been first in with a break of 54.
However, Robertson then paid the price for missing a tough opening red along the cushion in frame 12 and Williams took full advantage with a total clearance, before moving within a frame of victory with a break of 100 in the next.
Robertson kept his hopes alive by winning the 14th frame but Williams was not to be denied and secured the victory to set up a last-16 clash with Milkins.
Four-time champion John Higgins holds a 6-3 lead over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh ahead of their final session on Wednesday evening.
Higgins took advantage of a nervous start from Un-Nooh to open up a 4-1 lead, before the Thai left-hander found some form to reduce the gap to a single frame.
However, Higgins potted 13 reds and 13 blacks in the eighth frame before running out of position and missing a tough red in his bid for a maximum, while a break of 59 helped the Scot claim the final frame of the session.