Ng On-yee taking positives from dramatic Shaun Murphy defeat at Scottish Open

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Ng On-yee came painfully close to her first win as a professional (Picture: Getty Images)

Ng On-yee was within a frame of claiming a huge scalp at the Scottish Open on Monday but was narrowly denied her first win on the professional tour by Shaun Murphy.

The three-time women’s world champion led the Magician 3-1 but the former world champion fought back, making a brilliant break of 130 in the decider to snatch a 4-3 win.

It is the second time the Hong Kong star has been beaten by the odd frame since taking up her two-year tour card on the professional circuit, and she knows she is tantalisingly close to her first win.

‘Close but not quite there yet,’ she wrote on Instagram after defeat to Murphy.

‘Felt I played pretty well today with improvements and wasn’t as nervous when I saw the winning line. Shaun didn’t leave too many chances either after I was 3:1 up and I didn’t capitalize the 6th frame losing my cue ball few times.

‘He made a good 130 break to finish, always a pleasure watching his solid cueing.

‘Anyway, a lot of positives to take away from this match, still room for improvements and will keep working towards my first win on the main tour.

‘Time for a break and watch some snooker until my next game after returning home 🇭🇰.’

Breaks of 61 and 60 helped On-yee into the 3-1 lead, with Murphy not managing an effort over 50 until that huge break in the final frame to book his spot in the second round.

It was a big game for the Magician, who is scrapping to get into the World Grand Prix later this month, and needs a run this week to make the top 32 on the one-year list and qualify.

Results have been hard to come by, with no help from a back problem which is causing him serious pain.

‘The World Grand Prix is on the line,’ he said. A couple of seasons ago I was number two on the one-year list and not worrying about things like that.

Murphy will take on Li Hang in the second round (Picture: Getty Images)

‘This season has been hard work. I am carrying a very big injury, which is costing me practice time. I am in pain on every shot and anyone with chronic pain will tell you it costs your sense of mind.’

Murphy hailed the move to bring On-yee and Reanne Evans onto the main tour this season, with the top two women in the game given two-year cards to compete on the pro circuit.

Both are still looking for their first win of the season, but they have both come very close and have provided plenty of drama along the way.

‘It is important that we make the point that the World Snooker Tour isn’t a men’s tour, it is a professional tour and On Yee and Reanne have earned their right to be on it as much as anyone else,’ said Shaun. ‘It is great for diversity and great for the expansion of the game around the world.’


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