Reigning champion Ronnie O`Sullivan endured a difficult opening session in his World Championship second round match against Joe Perry, while Australia`s Neil Robertson eased to a first round win on Thursday.
Before the Indian Open began, both the BSFI and WPBSA were sceptical about the tournament`s success, let alone its sustainability over a three-year period as per the contract, but what they have been left with after the five-day snooker extravaganza is only delightful memories.
Coming from Australia, it did not come as a surprise when world number one snooker player Neil Robertson talked about his country`s great cricketing rivalry with India and Sachin Tendulkar`s retirement from Test cricket.
World No.1 Neil Robertson produced a magnificent display of attacking snooker to beat Noppon Saengkham 4-1 in his first round, even as the Indian wild card entrants failed to light up the green baize, losing their respective matches in the Indian Open on Monday.
World No.1 Neil Robertson has sounded a warning to his opponents ahead of next week`s World Snooker Indian Open, saying those looking to challenge him for the top honours will have to be at their absolute best.