Ryan Day ends Shaun Murphy\’s World Grand Prix title defence as free-scoring Fu downs King

Reigning champion Shaun Murphy is out of the 2017 World Grand Prix after suffering a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Ryan Day on Friday, while free-scoring Marco Fu enjoyed a success by the same scoreline over Mark King at the Preston Guild Hall.
Murphy’s title defence came to an end after he was outclassed by Day, who made five breaks of 50 or over on the way to booking his place in the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time in three years.
The Welshman pounced on a misjudged safety shot from the Magician with runs of 68 and 50 to draw first blood, before doubling his lead with breaks of 50 and 47 along the way.
At this stage, Day was outscoring Murphy by 215 points to one, but the Triple Crown winner responded well by dominating the third frame with contributions of 32 and 50 to halve the deficit.
However, the three-time ranking event finalist moved to the brink of victory after a run of 51 to the blue in the fourth.
The reigning champion kept his hopes alive after eventually taking a scrappy 46-minute long fifth frame on the colours, but split the reds after missing a black off its spot in the next and Day punished with 79 to seal the deal.
He will play Fu in the semi-finals on Saturday, after the Scottish Open winner hit breaks of 72, 102, 98 and 69 on the way to seeing off King.
Both players had chances in the opening frame before Fu cleared with 72 for 1-0. The man from Hong Kong then opened up a commanding 3-0 lead thanks to breaks of 102 and 98, but Northern Ireland Open champion King averted the whitewash with a run of 65 along the way.
A scrappy fifth frame then went the way of the Romford cueist, who deep before taking it on the pink, but Fu halted the fightback with 69 to advance to the Last Four.
Ladbrokes World Grand Prix 2017 Results
Friday February 10
Ryan Day 4-2 Shaun Murphy
Mark King 2-4 Marco Fu

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