Snooker news - Neil Robertson holds off Jack Lisowski comeback to reach final
Neil Robertson survived a late scare to beat Jack Lisowski 9-7 in reaching the final of the International Championship in Daqing.
World number 10 Robertson made breaks of 60, 66, 54, 119 and a closing 67 to secure a meeting with Northern Irishman Mark Allen in Sunday's final with a £175,000 winner's cheque on the line.
Cheltenham's Lisowski pieced together breaks of 64, 71, 102, 53, 76, 133 and 60 in response.
After resuming at 4-4, Lisowski won the first frame of the second session for a 5-4 lead only for 2010 world champion Robertson to claim four straight frames for an 8-5 advantage and leave himself one frame from the final.
Lisowski rallied by producing a wonderful break of 133 to make it 100 century breaks in the tournament - a record for a World Snooker event.
A 60 continued to apply the pressure, but a timely 67 by the Australian player finally settled the issue.
He repeats his win over Lisowski in the Riga Masters final in July, with the Englishman continuing to search for his first title in the senior game.
Robertson and Masters champion Allen begin the first session of the final on Sunday morning at 6am (GMT).
The pair met in the 2015 Champion of Champions final with Robertson enjoying a 10-5 victory over the world number 12.