But he regained his composure as Robertson's struggles became increasingly obvious, not helped by having to replace his cue tip before the resumption. Milkins, 42, made the most of an unlucky Robertson kick to win frame 12 and Robertson's potting betrayed him in the next frame, which the world number 37 took to move up.
From then on there was no way back for the champion as the match finished without either player scoring a century break, although Milkins made seven breaks of 50 or more.
I was getting a bit slow, taking too much time but all of a sudden I got fluent again and saw it out quite well. On the other table, world number four Judd Trump took a lead into Thursday's concluding evening session after going up on debutant Chris Wakelin. Wakelin made the tournament's highest break so far with a in frame five, but that was surpassed later on Wednesday by world number 17 Ryan Day, who hit a as he built a lead over number 14 seed Anthony McGill.
In the morning session Williams, the and winner, had little trouble in overcoming Milkins' fellow English qualifier Jimmy Robertson. The year-old was in total control at up after Tuesday's first session and eased through despite losing the first two frames.
He responded by scoring back-to-back centuries for a lead, and although Robertson took the next frame, Williams closed out victory. Media playback is not supported on this device.
Williams has returned to the world's top 10 this season with the help of ranking event wins in Northern Ireland and Germany that have taken his career tally to Who knows if I can win it, but I have as good a chance as anyone," Williams said. Four-time champion and last year's runner-up John Higgins saw off Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in a gripping, attacking match where both players came close to getting maximum breaks. Higgins, a time ranking event winner, had a chance in frame eight after potting 13 reds and 13 blacks.
But he missed a difficult 14th red after leaving himself hampered by the blue. Crucible debutant Un-Nooh went even closer in frame 12, but rattled the jaws with the 15th red after he appeared to have done the hard work. Stephen Hendry was the one who always tried to clear up no matter what, and that was the approach that I've taken all season. CueTracker - Snooker Database.
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