Shaun Murphy beaten by Chen Zifan in Northern Ireland Open

Image: Shaun Murphy suffered a first-round defeat in Belfast

Shaun Murphy was ousted in the first round of the Northern Ireland Open, losing 4-1 to world No 97 Chen Zifan.

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The former world champion, who defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan to win the Champion of Champions tournament in Coventry eight days ago, was thoroughly outplayed in the first three frames - during which he scored 13 points to Chen's 279.

He averted a 4-0 defeat with a break of 68 but there was no way back at Belfast Waterfront Hall.

Neil Robertson endured no such drama against Jamie Jones with a 4-1 win, with Antrim's Mark Allen a 4-2 victor over Sanderson Lam.

Veteran Jimmy White sealed his place in the second round by edging Dominic Dale in a contest that went to the final frame, while Adam Duffy progressed with a 4-2 win over Rory McLeod having made the event despite two missed flights.

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