15 Oct Shaun Murphy reveals bizarre injury dancing to Disney’s Greatest Hits
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Former world snooker champion Shaun Murphy has shown he was sidelined after suffering a leg injury.
However, the Englishman was determined to go back for the Shanghai Masters – that isn’t a Mickey Mouse occasion, with prize money.
Before his Donald Duck broke to get a frame back, he headed 5-0 in his first round game .
After winning 6-1,” Murphy said of his injury:”It is not ideal preparation.”
Murphy, champion at the Crucible in 2005, said the bizarre accident happened when he had been dancing round the living room on a Sunday afternoon with his son Harry.
“I felt something go in my own leg. I believed for a minute I had snapped my Achilles tendon, however, the doctor later told me when I’d done that I’d have gone down like a sack of spuds,” that the 37-year-old informed World Snooker.
“He said that I could well have partly torn it and he guided me to rest it as much as you can, so I sat in the house for a couple of months, doing my wife’s brain in.
“I needed to pull out of this Paul Hunter Classic and I was relieved to have the ability to get back to the table for a few days. It is not ideal preparation but I am happy to be here also for a win under my belt”
Because he got his time up and running using a 6-0 whitewash of Zhang Yi, world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan didn’t hang around.
O’Sullivan, who won the Shanghai title in 2017 and 2018, played for the first time since his shock opening loss to amateur James Cahill at the World Championship.
‘The Rocket’ pocketed #200,000 because of his Shanghai triumph last year, once format which saw was embraced by the tournament it turned into the invitation occasion in snooker.
And he promptly shot to the peak of the quickest average shot occasions, at 15.89 minutes – a week later it had been revealed snooker was getting faster.
“I have been at the top of the game for 26 years. I have been the player every season along with different players. In the past, the past year it was [Judd] Trump. Other years it’s been [John] Higgins and [Mark] Williams,” he said.
“My longevity was pretty great. I am effective in all, although I wouldn’t say I’m the best in most sections. There are a lot of tournaments up for grabs this season, but also a great deal of players that are excellent. It ought to be an exciting season.”
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