Murphy comeback stuns Ding
Shaun Murphy produced an astonishing comeback to beat home favourite Ding Junhui 9-8 and win the Rundili Wuxi Classic.
Last Updated: 06/06/10 4:57pm
Shaun Murphy produced an astonishing comeback to beat home favourite Ding Junhui 9-8 in the final of the Rundili Wuxi Classic.
The 2005 world champion seemed to be heading for a heavy defeat but won the last seven frames of the contest to clinch the £20,000 first prize.
Playing in his home town of Wuxi, Ding raced out to a 5-1 lead before Murphy reduced the deficit with a break of 101.
However, there seemed to be no prospect of a Murphy fightback as the Chinese player reeled off the next three frames.
But Ding only scored 14 points during the rest of the match as Murphy compiled breaks of 78, 92, 59, 58, 96 and 86 to secure an incredible victory.
"It's got to be one of my best ever wins, maybe not the best, but in the top three," Murphy said.
"Even at 8-2 down I never stopped believing I could win.
"When I got to the interval at 8-4 things were looking up, and from that point the scoreboard just got better and better for me.
"Ding played well, it wasn't as if he lost it. There was one scrappy frame out of the last seven which I managed to nick, and I won all the others well.
"It's always nice to start the season with a win and hopefully I can take this form into the next event.
He added: "I said at the Crucible that I had been practising very hard and eventually it would pay off."