Australian Open 2012 - Day 1

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Robbo wins his opening match
The snooker season kicked off officially in Australia after the first day of the "OZ" Open saw the local star, Neil Robertson hammering snooker's special 007 Agent Nigel Bond 5-1, at the opposite corner the wild-cards not getting the start they've dreamt of and losing their cue crossings.

He's probably one of Australia's most brilliant snooker exports and he's delighted to play on home ground; Neil Robertson proved once more he's up for the game and managed to win his first battle of cues with a 5-1 scoreline over Nigel Bond.

Two tons, of 113 and 135 worn the Aussie’s signature and left his green baize opponent speechless and unable to react. After this victory, Robertson is due to meet the winner of Mark Davis v. Jack Lisowski match.

Unfortunately, at the opposite corner, the Australian wild-cards lost their chance to move forward into the tournament, Johl Younger getting a 5-2 defeat from China's Cao Yupeng, while Alan McManus made Jamies Mifsud surrender with a 5-0 result.

A genuine cues-crossing was the one given between Ricky Walden and Jamie Cope, the lads deciding not only to go all the way to the last frame but also to share one frame at a time. In the end though, Walden didn't manage to cope with Jamie and lost by 5-4.

The same scoreline was recorded by Stephen Lee in front of Rory McLeod, but also by Welsham Ryan Day in front of Andrew Higginson.

A pretty rusty Matthew Stevens, who wasn't afraid to admit that he kind of took a break from practicing (for about two months), still managed to beat Liang Wenbo by 5-2 and he now awaits to meet the winner of Barry Hawkins v Xiao Guodong match, while Tom Ford took a very solid start and sent Dominic Dale on his way home after a decisive 5-2 win.

Below you have Day One list of results:

1) Cao Yupeng 5-2 Johl Younger
2) Alan McManus 5-0 James Mifsud
6) Matthew Stevens 5-3 Liang Wenbo
12) Dominic Dale 2-5 Tom Ford
15) Stephen Lee 5-4 Rory McLeod
4) Andrew Higginson 4-5 Ryan Day 
10) Neil Robertson 5-1 Nigel Bond
16) Ricky Walden 4-5 Jamie Cope

Day Two match schedule:

11) Shaun Murphy v Marcus Campbell
17) Joe Perry v Marco Fu

Followed by
8) Allister Carter v Cao Yupeng
9) Mark Davis v Jack Lisowski

3) Stuart Bingham v Matthew Selt
13) Peter Ebdon v Michael Holt

* all hours are local time

TV coverage:
07:00 - 10:00 British EuroSport 2
10:30 - 12:00 British EuroSport 2
12:00 - 15: 30 British EuroSport
21:00 - 22: 00 British EuroSport 2