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Shaun Murphy Edges Cao Yupeng to Qualify for Berlin

The Magician has only once failed to reach the Tempodrom since 2011.

Shaun Murphy held on to prevail in a dramatic second qualifying-round encounter with Cao Yupeng after a 5-4 victory on Sunday in Cannock.

Murphy fought back from 2-0 down with breaks of 118, 102, 75, and 56, before edging a tense deciding frame with Cao on the colours at the Chase Leisure Centre.

The Englishman, a World Championship runner-up in May, will take part in the venue stages of the competition in January when the final 32 contenders regather at the Tempodrom.

Ryan Day, Noppon Saengkham, and Kurt Maflin also booked their places at the main event thanks to respective victories against Jamie Clarke, Jak Jones, and David Lilley.

Meanwhile, in the first qualifying round world champion Mark Selby comfortably advanced beyond his initial hurdle courtesy of a 5-2 triumph against Ross Muir.

However, Ding Junhui suffered a 5-4 reverse to Mark Davis in what was the Chinese number one’s first outing of the 2021/22 snooker season.

Ding is expected to drop outside the top 16 in the world rankings when his points from the 2019 UK Championship success come off his tally.

Veteran Ken Doherty edged Chris Wakelin in a thrilling battle 5-4 while Barry Pinches progressed by the same narrow margin against Jamie Jones.

Matthew Stevens – who beat former German Masters winner Martin Gould – Sam Craigie, Ashley Carty, and amateur top-up John Astley were the others to reach the last 64.

Those eight winners will face off against one another on Monday in the second qualifying round, with Ronnie O’Sullivan and Yan Bingtao among those entering the fold in round one.

Live coverage is available on the Eurosport Player and Matchroom.Live.

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Featured photo credit: WPBSA


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  2. Karen Kinloch

    Awesome Shaun Murphy.

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