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Indian Open Snooker: Anthony McGill has it easy against Iranian opponent

Anthony McGill started in brilliant fashion, taking an unassailable 89-0 lead in the first frame, and though Iran’s Hossein Vafaei came up with a break of 70 to take the second frame, McGill polished off the next three frames with two half-century breaks to win the contest on Day 4 of the Indian Open Snooker.

other sports Updated: Sep 15, 2017 18:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Defending champion Anthony McGill (in pic) beat Iran’s Hossein Vafaei 4-1 on Day 4 of the Indian Open Snooker. (Getty Images)

Defending champion Anthony McGill started strongly and finished even stronger, beating Iran’s Hossein Vafaei 4-1 on Day 4 of the Indian Open Snooker at Visakhapatnam on Friday.

The Scotsman started in brilliant fashion, taking an unassailable 89-0 lead in the first frame, and though Vafaei came up with a break of 70 to take the second frame, McGill polished off the next three frames with two half-century breaks to win the contest.

After an absorbing Day 3 on Thursday, Day 4 at the Indian Open will see the draw whittled down to the final eight.

World No 9 Stuart Bingham (England) lost a cliffhanger against compatriot and world No 12 Mark King. In a seesaw battle, King managed to make the most of Bingham’s error in the final frame to prevail4-3.

‘Local’ favourite Ken Doherty of Ireland found the going tough against China’s Zhang Anda and despite making a spirited comeback after being down 1-3, Anda proved too strong and wrapped up the match in the seventh frame.

World No. 11 Mark Allen of England was another high-ranked player to bite the dust on Friday, with David Gilbert getting the better of him in five frames.

However, the biggest shock of the day came when World No.5 from England Shaun Murphy, looking extremely confident in his earlier matches, was overwhelmed by country-mate Elliot Stressor. Despite playing late into the night on Thursday, Stressor showed no signs of exhaustion on Friday as he won 4-1.

Results: (Round 3)

Anthony McGill (Sco) bt Hossein Vafaei (Irn) 4-1 (89-0, 16-73, 70-7, 95-1, 79-4); Mark King (Eng) bt Stuart Bingham (Eng) 4-3 (5-98, 56-72, 79-0, 79-14, 71-32, 85-0, 65-63); Zhang Anda (Chn) bt Ken Doherty (Ire) 4-3 (79-58, 19-68, 82-27, 85-20, 37-69, 32-79, 70-13); Xu Si (Chn) by Ricky Walden (Eng) 4-3 (37-74, 85-33, 22-59, 84-10, 64-37, 4-80, 84-34); John Higgins (Sco) bt Michael Holt (Eng) 4-1 (0-74, 73-38, 55-52, 94-13, 62-58); David Gilbert (Eng) bt Mark Allen (Eng) 4-1 (80-17, 42-77, 92-1, 98-0, 125-0); Elliot Slessor (Eng) bt Shaun Murphy (Eng) 4-1 (72-57, 30-82, 77-17, 88-22, 78-0); Liam Highfield (Eng) bt Akani Songsermsawad (Tha) 4-2 (72-21, 61-52, 0-78, 0-80, 80-67, 50-41).

First Published: Sep 15, 2017 18:35 IST