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Shaun Murphy – ‘It was bonkers for me’

Shaun Murphy was again on the OneFourSeven Podcast on Thursday, providing his response to Judgement Day and the World Snooker Championship draw.

The Magician will play Lyu Haotian within the first spherical on Sunday and Monday in what might be his twenty second look on the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

The 2005 world champion has been defeated within the final 32 in each of his final two visits, however he’s hoping to finish what has been a disappointing season on a excessive.

“I suppose I’ve been doing this for therefore lengthy that your reactions keep pretty center of the street,” Shaun Murphy advised co-host Phil Seymour on the OneFourSeven Podcast.

“There’s clearly a few grenades that you possibly can have prevented – [Stephen] Maguire was one in every of them, [Jack] Lisowski one other.”

“I’m pleased to have prevented these. After that, I imply it’s simply take your decide, isn’t it? Lyu Haotian on his day can beat anybody, as can I.

“I’m delighted to nonetheless be within the 16 and seeded by way of, to not should undergo the rigmarole of the qualifiers.

“The opposite facet of that’s that the qualifiers who come by way of are sharp, they’re prepared, they’re hungry, they’re at it.

“Like all first rounders, it’s going to be like that first fence on the Grand Nationwide.

“I haven’t been concerned within the championship the previous couple of years. I received to the ultimate three years in the past. I’ve misplaced within the first spherical within the final two championships.

“And as Stephen Hendry stated on his Cue Suggestions channel final yr, I both appear to have a extremely deep run to the semis or closing, or get bumped out within the first spherical.

“So I’m hoping that I can buck my latest pattern and get out of the primary spherical, get by way of that melee of the primary fence.”

Murphy additionally provided his response to the considerably weird determination to cease the dwell streaming for Judgement Day on Wednesday night time.

The World Snooker Tour had been offering a free service on its YouTube and Fb channels, which had roving protection of each desk throughout the closing spherical of qualifiers.

As in earlier years, the two-day present fronted by Rob Walker, David Hendon, and Ken Doherty was usually properly obtained by supporters.

But followers had been left very dissatisfied when the ultimate match involving Joe O’Connor and Matthew Selt was pulled from air throughout the decisive moments of their epic encounter on the English Institute of Sport.

“I’ve received no concept who was behind the choice to tug it off and take it off air simply because it reached its climactic finish,” a vexed Shaun Murphy stated.

“It was on for 2 or three days, Judgement Day, and now they take it off. It was bonkers for me.”

“Any individual who will not be actually focused on snooker undoubtedly made that call, I might assume.

“It in all probability wasn’t anybody at World Snooker Tour, that’s for sure. If they’re getting any criticism for it, that’s unfair.

“However we’re working at nighttime, aren’t we? We’re undecided, we don’t have the total info. Any individual does, and that individual’s simply been sacked!

“In case you are listening to our podcast, if you’re the one that selected to take the snooker off air final night time, pack your desk up. You now not work right here,” Murphy joked.

The principle levels of the 2024 World Snooker Championship begin on Saturday.

2024 World Snooker Championship Draw

Click on right here for dwell scores and session instances.

Spherical 1 (bo19)

Luca Brecel (1) vs David Gilbert
Robert Milkins (16) vs Pang Junxu
Ali Carter (9) vs Stephen Maguire
Shaun Murphy (8) vs Lyu Haotian

Mark Selby (5) vs Joe O’Connor
Kyren Wilson (12) vs Dominic Dale
John Higgins (13) vs Jamie Jones
Mark Allen (4) vs Robbie Williams

Judd Trump (3) vs Hossein Vafaei
Tom Ford (14) vs Ricky Walden
Zhang Anda (11) vs Jak Jones
Mark Williams (6) vs Si Jiahui

Ding Junhui (7) vs Jack Lisowski
Gary Wilson (10) vs Stuart Bingham
Barry Hawkins (15) vs Ryan Day
Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) vs Jackson Web page

Spherical 2 (bo25)

Brecel/Gilbert vs Milkins/Pang
Carter/Maguire vs Murphy/Lyu

Selby/O’Connor vs Okay. Wilson/Dale
Higgins/Jamie Jones vs Allen/R. Williams

Trump/Vafaei vs Ford/Walden
Zhang/Jak Jones vs M. Williams/Si

Ding/Lisowski vs G. Wilson/Bingham
Hawkins/Day vs O’Sullivan/Web page

Quarter-Finals (bo25)


Semi-Finals (bo33)


Last (bo35)


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