Snooker star Jimmy Robertson blitzes single-frame record with stunning 178 score

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Snooker’s Jimmy Robertson has set a new record for the most number of points scored in a single frame. During the 35-year-old’s victory over Welshman Lee Walker, he outscored his opponent 178-6 in the fifth and final frame.

He went on to win the match 4-1 and secured his place in the last 32 of the Scottish Open in emphatic style.

Robertson smashed a 21-year-old record set by Dominic Dale at the 1999 World Championship in Sheffield of 167.

He will take on Scotland’s Anthony McGill in the next round.

At the same event, Ronnie O’Sullivan rebounded from his UK championship defeat with a convincing win over Cypriot amateur Michael Georgiou to move into the next round.

The world number three made half-century breaks in each frame as he secured a 4-0 victory in just 37 minutes.

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It was a day to forget for Georgiou, who scored just three points in the match.

O’Sullivan will face Liang Wenbo in the second round and after the match, the outspoken snooker star says young British players aren’t given enough opportunities to thrive in the sport.

“Obviously (they are) not (being given enough support) and I think that is down to the snooker association to fund that and make facilities available,” O’Sullivan said.

“Personally if I had a child (that wanted to take up snooker) I would not want him to play snooker, I really wouldn’t.”

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He referred to snooker as “sexy sport” in years gone by and drew comaprisons with Emma Raducanu in tennis.

“Maybe 20-25 years ago it was a sexy sport, but it has kind of fallen behind to other sports,” he added.

“If you have a child you’d want them to get into a sport like (tennis player) Emma Raducanu (has), she’s doing fantastic.

“You look at the golfers like Rory McIlroy and the footballers, it’s just lovely sports to be in.

“It’s just timing I suppose. Maybe in another 20-30 years snooker might be back on top, but at the moment I’d be like ‘go and get a job mate’. Forget playing snooker.”

He believes Britain will be left behind by China if there is not an increase in investment in grassroots snooker in the UK.

O’Sullivan said: “I can’t think of a single player from the UK in that 18-24 age range with the talent of a Zhao Xintong or Yan Bingtao who has won big already.

“I will choose my words carefully on this one, but they have invested a lot in the grassroots in China, and that grassroots hasn’t been invested in over here.”

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