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Murphy Sets Up Ding Clash

Shaun MurphyShaun Murphy continued his blistering form at the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix as he beat Liang Wenbo 4-0 in just 53 minutes to reach the semi-finals.

Murphy, seeking his first title of the season, will now meet Ding Junhui over 11 frames on Saturday evening with the winner to compete for the £100,000 top prize on Sunday.

Former World Champion Murphy has lost just one frame in his three matches in Llandudno this week and looks confident of winning a sixth career ranking title.

Breaks of 71, 50, 50 and 55 helped him to an emphatic win over China’s Liang.

“I have gone back to an instinctive way of playing and it seems to be working,” said world number seven Murphy. “My problem is that I’m a tinkerer and when I lost a couple of matches earlier in the season I tried to work out why. Like a mechanic I stripped everything down and tried to work out what I could do better. It was all a complete waste of time because there was nothing wrong with my game. It has cost me most of the season but there are still a few big tournaments left.

“It feels a bit strange still being in a tournament so late in the week – I’ve run out of pants and socks.”