UK Snooker Championship 2017: Shaun Murphy eases into quarter-finals

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UK Snooker Championship 2017: Shaun Murphy eases into quarter-finals

World number six Shaun Murphy was in impressive form as he moved into the quarter-finals of the UK Championship with a convincing 6-1 win over Ricky Walden at the York Barbican.

The 2008 champion began with two breaks in excess of 50 to establish a 2-0 lead, and a slick 114 made it 3-0.

Walden hit a fine 80 break, but Murphy, who plays Mark King in the last eight, eased through after the interval.

"I'm delighted, but on another day it could have been closer," said Murphy.

"It was a bit tighter than the score suggests. I picked up a few of his crumbs. He had chances and didn't take them.

"I wish I had been a little bit sharper, but it gives me something to work on for the next game."

World number 23 Walden added: "I didn't settle and let Shaun off early in the match.

"When I was finding a little bit of rhythm I made some silly errors and let him off the hook."

Nottingham-based Murphy, 35, is one of just two seeds left in this year's event, and could yet play the other remaining seed Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final.

O'Sullivan takes to the table in the evening session as the final two matches of the fourth round are completed.

The UK five-time champion faces Thailand's world number 84 Sunny Akani, while Englishman Mark Joyce plays China's Lyu Haotian.

In the afternoon's other round four match, Martin Gould is playing China's Xiao Guodong.

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