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Murphy To Meet Liang In Quarters

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Shaun Murphy reached the quarter-finals of a ranking event for the first time this season by beating Martin Gould 4-1 at the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix.

Gould has been one of the form players of recent weeks having won the German Masters, but he was second best to world number seven Murphy who now meets China’s Liang Wenbo in the last eight on Friday.

Murphy took the opening frame with a break of 84 before Gould levelled with a 110. Gould, who suffered from severe toothache throughout the match, had a chance to clear up in frame three but crucially missed the final yellow with the rest on 48. Murphy took advantage to go 2-1 ahead and that proved the turning point as he added the next two frames with a top run of 73.

“Martin is a very dangerous player so it was a difficult match,” said former World Champion Murphy. “The yellow he missed in the third frame was important – he had potted some great balls in that break to get that far but then missed one of the simpler ones.

“It’s nice to do well in a big ranking event. I did get to the final of the Paul Hunter Classic so my season has not been a catastrophe. I feel I’ve been playing well but there are 127 other guys on the tour who are all very good. It’s a great time to hit form now in the last couple of months of the season.”

Liang wenboLiang beat Michael Holt 4-2 with top breaks of 69 and 71.

Ali Carter, who is following a strict vegan diet to reduce the effects of Crohn’s disease, stormed to a 4-0 win over Tom Ford with top breaks of 98, 65, 58 and 53.

“I played much better than I did yesterday,” said Carter, who beat Murphy in that Paul Hunter Classic final. “The best of seven matches are so short that it doesn’t really make any difference who you play. We’ve already seen the likes of O’Sullivan, Robertson, Selby and Trump going out.

“I went to see my consultant last week and she wants me to have another operation for the Crohn’s. I really don’t want to do that so I’m giving this healing diet a try for the next few weeks. Even Peter Ebdon would find it strict. It’s depressing but hopefully it will make me feel better. I’ve been ill for a long time and perhaps otherwise my results would have been better but it’s something I’ve always had to deal with.”

Carter now meets Joe Perry, who saw off Kyren Wilson 4-1. Perry, last season’s Players Championship winner, compiled breaks of 86, 71 and 125.