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Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy begin Players Championship with impressive wins

Ding and Murphy begin Players Championship with impressive wins
By Eurosport

19/03/2018 at 22:45Updated 20/03/2018 at 07:30

Ding Junhui enjoyed a 6-2 victory against Masters champion Mark Allen while Shaun Murphy was a 6-3 winner over Kyren Wilson in the Players Championship first round at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

Ding made breaks of 50, 81 and 61 in a dominant performance. Allen contributed 72 to trail 3-2 before China's number one won the final three frames to secure a meeting in the last eight with top seed Ronnie O'Sullivan or Graeme Dott, who play on Tuesday evening.

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2005 world champion Murphy overcame problems with his neck to usurp Kyren Wilson in a 6-3 victory.

Murphy produced breaks of 115 and 133 on his way to opening up a 5-1 lead. Wilson recovered to trail 5-3 before Murphy dominated the ninth frame to seal a quarter-final spot on Friday where he will face the winner of John Higgins or Anthony McGill.

FIRST ROUND DRAW/RESULTS

  • Ronnie O’Sullivan (1) v Graeme Dott (16)
  • Ding Junhui (8) 6-2 Mark Allen (9)
  • Luca Brecel (5) v Neil Robertson (12)
  • Judd Trump (4) v Stephen Maguire (13)
  • John Higgins (3) v Anthony McGill (14)
  • Shaun Murphy (6) 6-3 Kyren Wilson (11)
  • Mark Selby (7) v Ryan Day (10)
  • Mark Williams (2) v Yan Bingtao (15)
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