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Wilson, Murphy survive
Kyren Wilson produced a superb fight back to overcome China’s Xiao Guodong in the 3rd Indian Open here on Thursday. Last year’s Shanghai Masters champion Wilson looked to be heading for a last 32 exit, after Guodong made runs of 97, 58 and 83 to race into a 3-0 lead.
Hyderabad: Kyren Wilson produced a superb fight back to overcome China’s Xiao Guodong in the 3rd Indian Open here on Thursday. Last year’s Shanghai Masters champion Wilson looked to be heading for a last 32 exit, after Guodong made runs of 97, 58 and 83 to race into a 3-0 lead.
However, a resilient Wilson responded with breaks of 44 and 53 in the next two frames to drag himself back into the match. The Englishman then completed a run of four frames on the bounce to secure a last 16 spot. World number four Shaun Murphy also survived a scare against Michael Georgiou.
He had led 3-1, but 28-year-old Georgiou responded, winning the fifth and making 81 in the sixth to level at 3-3. A tense decider went the way of the ‘Magician’ who booked his place in Friday’s last 16 against Oliver Lines. Dominic Dale was a shock 4-0 winner over world number 12 Marco Fu. Amid some fine tactical play, the ‘Spaceman’ compiled breaks of 54 and 44 on his way to the whitewash.
Barry Hawkins is also through to the last 16. He stormed to a 3-0 lead against Rory McLeod with 102 in the opener and breaks of 58 and 44 in the second and third. The lead proved to be too much to overturn for McLeod as the ‘Hawk’ ran out a 4-2 winner.