European Masters: Shaun Murphy edges Liang Wenbo on final black in nervy decider
Shaun Murphy held his nerve to win the eighth frame 64-60 and then the decider 61-55 against Liang Wenbo at the European Masters. The top 49 players in the world were confirmed for the second ranking event of the season chasing an £80,000 first prize. Five competitors have had to withdraw from the event due to Covid-19.
How did he see that? Murphy picks out a peach of a plant
Tuesday afternoon session report
Stephen Maguire fought hard to overcome 18-year-old Chang Bingyu 5-3 in the opening round of the European Masters.
A break of 69 got Maguire off to the perfect start but Chang, who has been a pro since last year, hit back with a 117 to lead 2-1.
Maguire’s experience eventually told, however, with the 2004 winner of what was then the European Open knocking in a 93 to seal victory.
What a talent! Chang produces classy century break against Maguire
Elsewhere, Alan McManus overcame Rod Lawler 5-3 thanks to breaks of 55, 75, 87 and 54.
Tom Ford knocked out Mark King with a 5-2 win and highest break of 89, while Robert Milkins beat 15-year-old Belgian Ben Mertens 5-0.
Maguire crawls on his knees under the table in search for a rest
Tuesday morning session report
Yan Bingtao is safely through the first round of the European Masters with an easy 5-0 win over Barry Pinches.It was plain sailing for last season's Riga Masters champion who registered two centuries and a 90 break, finishing off with a break of 126.
Pinches tweeted afterwards: "Lost 5 0 to Yan Bingtao. Had a disastrous fourth frame but Yan played excellent and put me under pressure from the get go. Well done to him.
"Next up Championship League 30th September."
Bingtao will play Ryan Day in Round 2. The Welshman managed four 60+ breaks to defeat China's Si Jiahui 5-3.
Mark Davis also cruised through to the second round after defeating Morocco's Amine Amiri 5-1. Jak Jones defeated Jamie O'Neill 5-2 as he made a century and two 50+ breaks in his game.
Yuelong Zhou overturned an early 3-0 deficit to beat world number 79 Swiss Alexander Ursenbacher 5-4.
Nigel Bond battled back from 4-2 down to defeat world number 29 Zhao Xintong 5-4 and 16-year-old Gao Yang defeated 17-year-old Zhao Jianbo 5-4 in a tight all-China clash.