Defending champion Shaun Murphy secured passage to the last eight of the Hanteng Autos World Open in Yushan. His opponent Kurt Maflin had no answer as the Magician produced four breaks over fifty and a visit of 106 in a 5-1 victory. He now faces Joe Perry in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.
After the match Murphy was quick to dismiss a suggestion from Ding Junhui that the players were still finding their feet this season, “I’m a professional snooker player and I try my hardest every time. I always prepare to my best,” said Murphy. “I think all of the players owe it to the fans to be as ready as possible.”
On current form, Murphy may be on a collision course for a semi-final with world number four Neil Robertson who put on yet another impressive display. The Australian never looked to be in trouble against Ryan Day in their last 16 clash. He made back to back centuries in frames four and five on his way to a 5-1 win.
David Gilbert’s magnificent run of form continued against Zhang Anda. The 35-year-old was producing unplayable snooker in the early stages of his match, reeling off the opening three frames with breaks of 107, 123 and 84. He went on to take the final two frames and clinically seal his spot to face Robertson in the quarter-finals.
Joe Perry started strongly against Ben Woollaston, making 81 in the opening frame. However, both players traded sizeable contributions in the first half of the match to leave the score poised at 3-3. Perry was first to the hill after making a counter clearance of 73 to move 4-3 ahead. However, a defiant Woollaston forced a decider with a run of 135 in the eighth frame. It was Perry who took the decider, to book his tie with Murphy tomorrow.
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