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Shaun Murphy Beats Jimmy White to Advance

Shaun Murphy won the last three frames to beat Jimmy White and qualify for the inaugural Turkish Masters on Saturday in Leicester.

A low-scoring and scrappy affair boasted just three breaks above 50, with Murphy ultimately pulling away from the veteran former world number two after the interval scores were tied at 2-2.

Murphy is looking for a strong finish to this season after a disappointing spell of form that has seen him fail to capitalise on his magnificent run to the World Championship final last May.

Meanwhile, the in-form Zhao Xintong ensured that he’ll be competing in Antalya thanks to a 5-1 victory over Louis Heathcote.

The UK and German Masters champion compiled a brace of century breaks to comfortably coast through alongside fellow heavy-hitters John Higgins and Mark Allen.

Stuart Bingham and Barry Hawkins were two big casualties from the fourth day of the preliminaries at the Morningside Arena, though.

Jackson Page overcame Bingham 5-3 while Yuan Sijun recorded the same scoreline as he inflicted an unexpected reverse on Hawkins.

Among the others to advance to the last 64 of the competition were Graeme Dott, Martin Gould, Scott Donaldson, Oliver Lines, Chris Wakelin, and amateur Si Jiahui.

The venue stages of the new ranking event in Turkey will take place in March.

Live coverage of the Turkish Masters qualifying is available on the Eurosport Player and Matchroom.Live (selected territories)

Click here to view the draw and schedule (times in CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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