Snooker. Comments after Shaun Murphy was eliminated by amateur Si Jiahuia – UK Championship

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There was a sensation on Tuesday, and the runner-up in the world made sure that it was loud for many days. After an unexpected loss of 5: 6, the Englishman said that his rival should not take part in this event.

– I may sound like a grumpy old man, but this young man should not participate in such a tournament. It is very difficult for me after losing to someone who should not even be in this building – said the 39-year-old in an interview with the BBC after dropping out of the competition.

– Ever since I turned pro at the age of 15 I have earned myself to be a professional snooker. He didn’t. He shouldn’t be at the table, he justified his point of view.

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Murphy lost to amateur Si Jiahui in the 1st round of the UK Championship

Video: Eurosport Murphy lost to amateur Si Jiahui in the 1st round of the UK Championship

The masters support Murphy

The words of the winner of nine ranked tournaments echoed widely in the snooker world. The opinion expressed by the Englishman was strongly criticized in social media. However, two players who compete with him at the same table on a daily basis stood in his defense.

– I think a lot of players agree with him. People think this is inelegant behavior after failure. Had he won, that would probably not have happened. However, I fully support everything he said – said four-time world champion Mark Selby.

Mark Williams, who sees the disadvantages of the snooker tour system, is of a similar opinion. There are 128 players in individual tournaments, but due to the ongoing pandemic, only 122 of the professionals are professionals. The other six places belong to the amateurs who turned out to be the best at Q School.

– I’ve been saying this for years. There are 128 players in the tour, and there are not 128 seats for us in any of the tournaments. I believe that this number should be reduced, definitely. And once you get on the tour you should be guaranteed performances. Now it is ak that some amateurs feel no pressure in their performances and can make sensations such as Jiahui with Murphy – noted the Welshman.

Results of Wednesday’s UK Championship matches:

Gary Wilson – Ian Burns 6-2

Mark Joyce – Andrew Higginson 6: 4

Farakh Ajaib – Scott Donaldson 6: 4

Anthony McGill – Iulian Boiko 6-0

David Grace – Peter Devlin 6-2

Zhou Yuelong 6-1 Chen Zifan

Ashley Hugill – Mark Davis 6: 4

Li Hang – Mitchell Mann 6: 3

Ricky Walden – Craig Steadman 6: 4

Mark Williams – Lei Peifan 6: 3

Tom Ford vs Andrew Pagett 6: 1

Stephen Maguire – Sanderson Lam 6: 3

Kyren Wilson – Soheil Vahedi 6: 2

Like Jones – Oliver Lines 6: 4

Wu Yize – Lu Ning 6: 3

Liam Highfield – Jamie Wilson 6-3

Noppon Saengkham – Aaron Hill 6-2

Stuart Carrington vs Zhao Jianbo 6-1

Robbie Williams – Nigel Bond 6: 4

Chris Wakelin – Jamie Clarke 6-2

Barry Hawkins – Reanne Evans 6-1

Cao Yupeng – Jamie Jones 6-1

David Gilbert – Alfie Burden 6-1

Dominic Dale – Ashley Carty 6: 4

Si Jiahui vs Shaun Murphy 6: 5

John Higgins – Michael Georgiou 6-1

Ding Junhui – Zhang Anda 6: 2

Xiao Guodong – Zhang Jiankang 6: 2

Mark Selby – Ross Muir 6: 2

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh – Stephen Hendry 6: 1

Jack Lisowski – Sean Maddocks 6-0

Gerard Greene – Kurt Maflin 6-3

Ronnie O’Sullivan – Michael White 6-3

Matthew Selt – Chang Bingyu 6: 5

Alexander Ursenbacher v Ben Hancorn 6-5

Anthony Hamilton – Allan Taylor 6: 4

Matthew Stevens – Hammad Miah 5: 6

Mark King – Jackson Page 6: 2

Akani Songsermsawad – Steven Hallworth 6-2

The UK Championship will run until December 5th. Broadcasts in Eurosport and Player.

Author: rozniat / kup
Source:, BBC Sport

About David Martin

David Martin is the lead editor for Spark Chronicles. David has been working as a freelance journalist.

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