MURPHY THROUGH DESPITE BIZARRE INJURY
Shaun Murphy might have been feeling Goofy after injuring his leg while dancing with his son to Disney’s Greatest Hits, but he sill managed to score a 6-1 win over Lyu Haotian in the first round of the Shanghai Masters.
And this is no Micky Mouse event – it’s snooker’s most lucrative invitation tournament with total prize money of £751,000 up for grabs. Murphy is through to the last 16 to face Mark Williams on Tuesday.
Breaks of 79, 83, 135 and 55 helped world number 14 Murphy to an emphatic win over China’s Lyu. England’s Murphy enjoyed a return to form at last month’s International Championship, reaching the final before losing to Judd Trump, and still looks in fine shape despite his recent mishap.
“We were having Sunday dinner at home, me and (three-year-old) Harry were dancing around the lounge to Disney’s Great Hits,” explained Murphy. “I felt something go in my leg. I thought for a minute I had snapped my Achilles tendon, but the doctor later told me if I had done that I would have gone down like a sack of spuds.
“He said I might well have partially torn it and he advised me to rest it as much as possible, so I sat in the house for two weeks, doing my wife’s brain in! I had to pull out of the Paul Hunter Classic and I was relieved to be able to get back to the table last week for a few days. It’s not ideal preparation but I’m glad to be here and to get a win under my belt today.”
Hawkins lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan in last year’s final
Barry Hawkins edged out Riga Masters champion Yan Bingtao 6-5 to earn a match with John Higgins. Hawkins came from 4-2 and 5-4 down to level at 5-5, setting up a tense deciding frame in which both players missed chances. It came down to the last five balls and last year’s runner-up Hawkins made a fine green-to-black clearance to snatch victory.
Wild card Zhang Yi, the winner of the Amateur Shanghai Masters tournament, scored a surprise 6-3 win over Ali Carter to set up a meeting with defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan on Tuesday. It will be O’Sullivan’s first match since losing in the first round of the World Championship in April.
Stephen Maguire may have gone into this week’s event on a high having won the Six Red World Championship on Saturday, but he didn’t stay in it long as he went down 6-2 to Xiao Guodong, who fired runs of 50, 69, 88, 70, 57 and 100.
Home favorite Ding Junhui came from 1-0 down to beat Zhao Jianbo 6-2 with a top break of 71, while Jack Lisowski top-scored with 81 in a 6-1 defeat of Wu Yize.
Source: World Snooker