Finals

Maximum Effort as Murphy Wins in Mulheim

Shaun Murphy won the Ruhr Open in style as he compiled a superb 147 break en route to a 4-0 final victory over Robert Milkins in Germany.

Murphy also had breaks of 66, 58 and 52 in the final - photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

Murphy also had breaks of 66, 58 and 52 in the final – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

The 2005 world champion had the maximum on his mind as twice earlier in the day he had been thwarted by untimely misses with the rare feat in sight.

Against Joe Swail in the fourth round, Murphy missed the final blue in a 147 attempt before leaving the last green short of the pocket in his 4-2 quarter-final triumph over Mark Williams.

However, the Englishman was not to be denied and it was third time lucky for Murphy, who potted a magnificent 15th black to keep his hopes going in the second frame of the final.

It marks the third 147 break that Murphy has compiled in what is turning out to be a fantastic 2014.

After almost three years without a title to his credit, Murphy returned to the winners’ enclosure at the Gdynia Open in the second half of last season before capturing the World Open in Hainan.

The 32 year-old continued his form into this campaign and was rewarded with victory in the Bulgarian Open last month.

Success in Mulheim on Sunday secures Murphy successive European Tour titles and he heads to the UK Championship in York full of confidence.

Despite playing to a very high standard throughout the final day’s action, in which he recorded an impressive six centuries, Murphy didn’t have it all his own way before the final.

Northern Ireland’s Swail pushed him to a decider while he found himself 3-0 down and perilously close to exiting the tournament in his semi-final encounter with Judd Trump.

Murphy’s resolve ensured that he was able to complete the turnaround and he had far too much in the tank for Gloucester’s Milkins – seeking his maiden professional crown carrying ranking points.

It will still go down as an excellent weekend for the 38 year-old, though, with victories over Andrew Higginson, Rod Lawler and Stephen Maguire on the final day.

In the end, Milkins ran out of steam as a mixture of nerves and a dominant opponent ensured his chances were limited.

Crowds in Germany once again were very good, with the enthusiastic and knowledgable fans enjoying another thrilling weekend of snooker.

Attention now turns to the UK Championship, the sport’s first traditional major of the season, which gets under way on Tuesday at the Barbican.

 

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