Sport Shaun Murphy takes control against 17-year-old Crucible debutant Yan Bingtao

16:15  16 april  2017
16:15  16 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

Size is problem for David Grace after booking Crucible spot

  Size is problem for David Grace after booking Crucible spot David Grace reached snooker’s biggest stage for the first time in his career by qualifying for the World Championship - and then raised fears it may not be big enough. The 31-year-old from Leeds had a taste of the spotlight when he reached the UK Championship semi-finals in York in December 2015.Now a Crucible debut beckons following a 10-3 win over Akani Songsermsawad, at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.The trouble for Grace is that at 6ft 5in, his proportions do not lend themselves to the tight two-table set-up in the Sheffield theatre.

Moving to the second quarter of the draw and we find 2005 champion Shaun Murphy and 17 - year - old Chinese prodigy Yan Bingtao , who interestingly have already met on three occasions at high profile events, with the youngster having had the better of his more illustrious opponent so far.

Judd Trump, the reigning European Masters and Players Champion, will take on the methodical Rory McLeod, while another stand-out tie sees 2005 winner Shaun Murphy up against 17 - year - old newcomer Yan Bingtao .

Yan Bingtao is making his Crucible debut: Betfred Snooker World Championships 2017 - Day Two - Crucible Theatre © PA WIRE Betfred Snooker World Championships 2017 - Day Two - Crucible Theatre

Yan Bingtao became the first player born this century to play at the Crucible but found Shaun Murphy too hot to handle as their Betfred World Championship match began.

Chinese cueman Yan was born on February 16, 2000, in the week Donald Trump abandoned a presidential campaign that gave him the taste for a run at the White House.

The 17-year-old showed the huge talent that many expect will bring him a host of trophies over the course of his career, making a fine 109 break in the second frame.

But a seesaw session finished in Murphy’s favour as he eked out a 6-3 lead.

O'Sullivan shows class to see off plucky debutant Wilson

  O'Sullivan shows class to see off plucky debutant Wilson Ronnie O'Sullivan made a winning start to his 25th Crucible campaign as he saw off Gary Wilson at the Betfred World Champioship. The reigning Masters champion had two centuries and eight further breaks of above 50 in a 10-7 victory, setting up a shot at Shaun Murphy or Yan Bingtao in the second round.Wallsend cueman Wilson was making his Crucible debut, and the 31-year-old former taxi driver gave an impressive account of himself. Two sparkling centuries on Sunday afternoon followed the eight tons he made in three qualifying matches which included a 147 maximum break.

Judd Trump, the reigning European Masters and Players Champion, will take on the methodical Rory McLeod, while another stand-out tie sees 2005 winner Shaun Murphy up against 17 - year - old newcomer Yan Bingtao .

Not least 17 - year - old Yan Bingtao , who made his way through qualifying to set up a meeting with 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy . "I picked up the cue all because of watching him," said Yan .

Murphy, the 2005 world champion, has twice lost to Yan in three previous meetings but their first Crucible encounter presented a different challenge to the teenager.

Although based in Sheffield, Yan had never played the venue previously while Murphy has abundant experience of the famous theatre.

Murphy rattled in 112 and 118 to surge 4-1 ahead, before shaking off the setback of losing the next two frames by taking control come the session’s end, closing with an 81 break. They play to a finish in the best-of-19-frame match on Monday afternoon.

There was praise for Yan from the 1997 world champion, Ken Doherty, who in commentating for the BBC said: “A lot of people come to the Crucible and freeze under the lights but he certainly hasn't done that.”

Ronnie O'Sullivan focus

  Ronnie O'Sullivan focus Ronnie O'Sullivan was back in action at the Crucible and let his snooker do the talking on Thursday. Here Press Association Sport looks at his performance in the second-round clash with Shaun Murphy, as O'Sullivan took a 6-2 lead:ReceptionThe atmosphere was crackling long before the players walked out, and the roar that accompanied O'Sullivan's entrance showed the Crucible crowd remain firmly with him, after a build-up dominated by the five-time champion's accusation of bullying against Barry Hearn and the snooker authorities.

Shaun Murphy v Yan Bingtao . Ronnie O’Sullivan v Gary Wilson. TWO CLEAR 📡 Great start for @KyrenWilson - he's taken the first two frames to lead Crucible debutant @daveg147 [2-0] #ilovesnooker @Betfred.

The afternoon session will see Ronnie O'Sullivan begin his campaign for a sixth World crown against Crucible debutant Gary Wilson. Murphy faces challenging start. Sunday sees 17 - year old qualifier Yan Bingtao begin his campaign against Shaun Murphy .

Leeds cueman David Grace was left frustrated by his own World Championship debut, the 31-year-old bowing out 10-6 to Kettering’s Kyren Wilson, who was a quarter-finalist 12 months ago.

A run of bad misses from Grace helped to smooth Wilson’s path into the last 16.

“I tried my hardest but I don’t think I was clinical enough,” said Grace.

He was struck by the “absolutely unbelievable noise” that accompanied his first walk into the arena, and the strong Yorkshire support.

But Wilson held his nerve the better of the pair, converting an overnight 5-4 lead into an ultimately convincing victory.

"It was a little bit scrappy in places but maybe that was expected being David's debut and I've only played here three years myself, but I dug in," Wilson said.

"I've been working very, very hard on my game, my mental strength and my fitness."

Wilson sported a purple stripe on each trouser leg, but ruled out making a fashion statement on the lines of Judd Trump's studded shoes.

"No chance," said Wilson. "They're dreadful."

On-song Ronnie O'Sullivan far from blunt with Crucible victory over Shaun Murphy .
Ronnie O'Sullivan likened himself to "cool dude" James Blunt after proving he remains top of the pots at the Crucible. But the 41-year-old said he was "really not bothered" about being number one in Sheffield where he reached the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship on Saturday.The five-time champion marched on with a resounding 13-7 victory over Shaun Murphy.O'Sullivan fired two centuries and nine further breaks over 50, showing no sense of a hangover from the controversy he sparked with criticism of Barry Hearn and snooker's governing authorities last Sunday.

Source: http://uk.pressfrom.com/news/sport/-142704-shaun-murphy-takes-control-against-17-year-old-crucible-debutant-yan-bingtao/

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