Shaun Murphy suffers shock first round loss in Scottish Open

Shaun Murphy became the biggest casualty of the opening round of the Scottish Open after he suffered a surprise defeat to Daniel Wells in the opening round.

Shaun Murphy. Picture by Monique Limbos

Less than 48 hours after losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK Championship final, Murphy was shown the exit door in the third Home Nations event of the season by the Welshman who bounced back from 3-2 down to win a final frame thriller in Glasgow.

Meanwhile, newly crowned UK Championship winner O’Sullivan continued his winning ways with a 4-1 win over Michael Georgiou.

China’s Cao Yupeng got this year’s Scottish Open off to a stunning start as he made his first career 147 in his opening match.

Yupeng is is line to win £22,000 after completing the maximum break in the third frame of his 4-0 whitewash win over Andrew Higginson.

Elsewhere, there were comfortable wins for Judd Trump and Neil Robertson while fans favourite Jimmy White knocked in three breaks of 50 plus to beat Thailand’s Sunny Akani 4-1.

World number four Ding Junhui got back to winning ways after his shock first round exit in the UK Championship a fortnight ago – beating Jak Jones 4-2.

But there was disappointment for world number 8 Mark Allen who lost 4-3 to Ben Woollaston.

Home favourite John Higgins beat Jack Lisowski 4-1 in his bid to win the title from his own backyard while defending champion Marco Fu also started with a straight-forward win over Duane Jones winning 4-0.

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