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A Solid Run with an Anti-Climax

posted 26 Oct 2016, 12:50 by Steve Canniford
Qualifying for the International Championship took Sam to Daqing, China where in round one he was pitched against Michael White. Sam raced into a 4-0 lead with three frame wining breaks before Michael responded with a fine 94 break to stop the rout. They then swapped frames before Sam ran out a 6-2 winner. In round two Sam again started well, reeling off the first three frames with decent breaks before Marco posted a 88 to stop him in his tracks. Marco then added a further three frames to lead Sam 4-3. Sam then got second wind and won the next three frames to win 6-4 and reach the last 16. At this stage in most tournaments the competition starts to become as tough as it gets and with Shaun Murphy as his opponent Sam was going to have to be at his break building best. 

A superb 106 break to win the first frame looked ominous. However, players of Shaun's pedigree will often respond to any serious threat at an early stage in a match and this was the case. Shaun reeled off the next six frames with limited resistance to win 6-1 and create a bit of an anti-climax after promising earlier victories from Sam. Disappointed but philosophical Sam looked reflected the narrow victory to qualify for the main event and the prize money that won't do his ranking any harm...
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