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Last Updated: Monday, 25 April, 2005, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Murphy stuns Higgins at Crucible
By Saj Chowdhury
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Shaun Murphy
Murphy was in superb form
Shaun Murphy recorded the biggest shock of this year's World Championship so far, with a 13-8 second-round victory over 1998 champion John Higgins.

The qualifier, who carried a 9-7 lead going into the final session, won four out of the next five frames to book a last eight encounter with Steve Davis.

Higgins, who won the British Open, looked out of sorts, slamming his cue on the ground at one stage.

Murphy, the world number 48, completed the win with a splendid 115 break.

Afterwards, the 22-year-old was in bullish mood after claiming his first career win over Higgins to set up a last-eight clash with six-time champion Davis.

"Every time I've reached a milestone in an event, I've come up against John, and it's happened again," he said.

"Having been here twice before and not won a match, I was looking to get past round one. Anything more was a bonus.

"Steve's a great player. You can't take his name off the trophy but I've beaten him before, I'm over that hurdle."

Higgins was full of praise for his conqueror's display and said Davis would have his work cut out against him.

"From 4-1 onwards, it was up there with the performances of Matthew Stevens and Ronnie O'Sullivan when they've beaten me before," said Higgins.

"I was confident going into the last session. I didn't think he could keep producing that standard, but he did.

"If Steve can score he has a chance but if he doesn't I wouldn't give him any hope on the strength of that display."


J HIGGINS (Sco) 8-13 S MURPHY (Eng)

72-7 (66) 89-16 (85) 63-40 (51) 55-56 82-0 (62) 0-129 (129) 20-80 0-79 43-70 56-61 65-0 (52) 0-97 74-12 1-97 (97) 6-72 (72) 88-17 (68) 75-38 29-74 (55) 9-68 36-79 (41) 0-119 (115)


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