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Murphy Battles Past Ding

MURPHDefending champion Shaun Murphy booked his spot in the quarter-finals of the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix by defeating Ding Junhui 4-3 in one of the matches of the tournament.

The Magician is looking to claim his first ranking crown since winning this event last year. However, he was left to play catch up early on, as Ding took the opening two frames.

The 2005 World Champion showed his resolve and levelled the scores with breaks of 75 and 84, before Ding responded with a run of 81 to regain the lead at 3-2.

The match contained contributions over fifty in every frame and it was Murphy who provided a further two, with runs of 68 and 56 to seal a thrilling 4-3 win.

“I was sat there waiting for the final frame thinking, win or lose this has been a great game. Whatever goes on this week I’ve proved a few things to myself in that match,”said Murphy. “When you work hard on your game it is nice to see those green shoots of improvement.  For the last few months people have been reminding me I’ve been having a hard time of it on social media. It’s quite nice to know the things I’ve been working on have been right.”

DAYRyan Day came agonisingly close to a 147 in his match against fellow Welshman Michael White, but more importantly he secured a 4-2 victory.

In the third frame Day potted 15 reds, 15 blacks and all of the colours up to the pink, stringing together a run of 134. However, he left himself almost impossibly straight on the second last ball to the middle pocket and missed the pot trying to force an angle to get on the black.

Day quickly put that disappointment behind him and made a break of 90 on his way to booking a quarter-final clash with Murphy.

Mark King emerged from the second 4-3 thriller of the evening, edging through an all-Essex clash with Ali Carter.

The Northern Ireland Open Champion made a break of 63 in the second frame to move 2-0 in front. Carter then hit back to level the scores and the pair traded frames to ensure a decider. With the Captain leading 45-17, King produced a steely clearance of 31 to progress.

King will face Marco Fu in the last eight. The Hong Kong potter saw off Anthony McGill in a late night encounter, coming through 4-2. Fu made an electric start with breaks of 114, 94 and 79 to storm to a 3-0 lead. However, the Scot hit back to move within one, before Fu took the sixth frame to seal victory.