SHAUN MURPHY (1.982)
Shaun Murphy, professional english snooker player. Nicknamed "The Magician" ("The magician"), is known for his long shots.
Born in Harlow, Murphy turned pro in 1.998. His victory at the World Championship 2.005 it was considered a big surprise.
Honours: Benson and Hedges Championship (2.000), World Championship (2.005), Malta Cup (2.007 Y 2.008)), UK Championship (2.008), Paul Hunter Classic (2.008 Y 2.009), Premier League (2.009), World Series Grand Final (2.009), PTC Players Tour Championship Finals (2.011), Gdynia Open (2.014), Haikou World Open (2.014), Victoria Bulgarian Open (2.014), Creative Dental Ruhr Open (2.014),Dafabet Masters (2.015).
His other ranking tournament victories came in the Malta Cup (2.007), UK Championship (2.008), Finales de Players Tour Championship (2.011) and the 2014 World Open (2.014). He reached his second World Championship final in 2.009 and to the third in 2.015. Has also won 10 non-ranking tournaments, including the Masters of 2.015 who completed the Triple Crown in his career.
Has achieved more than 350 hundreds throughout his career (356). His highest position in the ranking has been the number 3, that he kept for three seasons in a row (from 2.007 a 2.010).
Murphy started playing snooker at age eight, when his parents bought him a snooker table for Christmas. He made his first hundred to 10 years, and trained at the Rushden Snooker Center, where players like Stephen Hendry, Mark Williams and Ken Doherty have also played. With 13 years, secured a sponsorship agreement from 5.000 pounds a year for five years with the shoe company “Doc Martens” and expressed his ambition to win the World Championship and become world number one. He turned professional at 1.998, with 15 years.
Murphy was trained by Steve Prest until the season 2.006/2.007. Willie Thorne and Ray Reardon also gave him advice.
Murphy started his UK Tour career in 1.998 (renowned Challenge Tour in 2.000), which at that time was a second level professional circuit. He was runner-up in the fourth UK Tour tournament of the season 1.997/1.998 and in season 2.000/2.001 won the third and fourth Challenge Tour tournament.
In 2.000, received the “World Snooker Newcomer of the Year” and “Young Player of Distinction of the Year” awards from the WPBSA. That same year he won the English Open Championship.
In the year 2.000 Murphy won his first professional tournament at the Benson & Hedges Championship, defeating Mark Davis by 6-1 in the semifinal, and Stuart Bingham for 9-7 in the end, tracing an adverse marker of 2-5 below. This victory provided him with qualification for the Masters, a prestigious non-ranking invitational tournament, with places for the members of the top 16, the winner of the qualifying tournament and a limited number of wilcards. In the tournament 2.001 proved promising in his first televised game, defeating world number 15, Marco Fu, and getting an advantage of 4-1 about the seven-time world champion, Stephen Hendry, before losing the game for 4-6. Made his first 147 during the qualifiers of this tournament.
Murphy first reached the finals of a ranking tournament in the World Championship of 2.002, where they lost 4-10 against Hendry in the first round. In season 2.002/2.003, reached the finals of the Scottish Open, where he was defeated 3-5 by Drew Henry in the first round, and in the World Championship, where he lost 9-10 against Doherty in the final black in the first round.
Here we leave you the most human side of good Shaun Murphy, who would donate the tenth part of the prize of the World Championship of 2.005 to church. With strong ties to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, since the World Championship 2.012, the women 100 pounds for every hundred you get.
In season 2.003/2.004, I was in the position 64 ranking and qualified for the final phase of three ranking tournaments. In the LG Cup, defeated Steve Davis by 5-4 in second round, before losing for 2-5 frente a John Higgins. After the victory over Davis, Murphy said: “This is one of the biggest days in my snooker career.” And el British Open, defeated Dave Harold by 5-1 first round, but lost to Paul Hunter by 2-5 in the second. At the Players Championship, -the new name of the Scottish Open, lost for 3-5 against later champion Jimmy White in the second round. He failed to reach the World Championship, losing the qualifying match by 7-10 contra Stuart Pettman, in which Pettman missed a frame for being late.
In season 2.004/2.005 Murphy was in the post 48 and reached the final phase of four ranking tournaments, including victory in the World Championship. In el Grand Prix (the new name of the LG Cup), lost for 2-5 against Stephen Maguire in the first round. This was followed by his first ranking semifinal at the British Open, where he was beaten by Higgins when he lost by 0-6. In the Malta Cup he lost by 2-5 vs. Matthew Stevens in the first round.
Murphy won two qualifying matches to reach the World Championship of 2.005. Defeated former world champions Higgins (13-8), Davis (13-4) y Peter Ebdon (17-12) to reach the final and face Matthew Stevens, world number six. Stevens got an advantage of 10-6 at the end of the first day, but Murphy made a comeback and set the score 16-16. His way of building breaks and crafting his shots stunned Stevens. Then, made two winning breaks to take the next two frames, win the game by 18-16 and lift the title. During the tournament he made 11 hundreds.
Murphy's victory was considered a big surprise. His odds before the tournament were 150-1 and before his victory he was considered a failure. He became the third player to qualify to win the World Championship (or to reach the final), after Alex Higgins in 1.972 and Terry Griffiths in 1.979. With 22 years old Murphy was the second youngest player to win the prestigious tournament, tras Hendry (who raised the title when he had 21 years). No previous world champion had played so many matches (seven) to take the title,  and was the lowest ranked player, the number 48, in winning the tournament. Nor had any player ever won the Championship being his first ranking tournament winning since Joe Johnson in 1.986. His tournament career earned him the nickname of “The magician“. With the money he won in the tournament he bought a car and a house. After his victory, in july 2.005, got married.
In season 2.005/2.006 improved your ranking, standing in position 21, which used to not guarantee qualification for ranking tournaments. But nevertheless, as world champion, automatically qualified for each tournament of the season as number two (and as a number for the World Championship 2.006). He was invited to play in the Premier League, a non-ranking tournament, where he lost in the free-for-all phase to Stephen Hendry for 2-4.
In Northern Ireland, reached the quarterfinals before being defeated 4-5 by Neil Robertson. In the first three ranking tournaments of the season (el Grand Prix, the UK Championship and the Malta Cup) reached the eighth, losing matches in the final frame against Bingham, Robertson and Graeme Dott, respectively. After his loss to Bingham he complained about having to play his game at an outside table, given his status as world champion. In the reestablishment of the Pot Black Murphy was defeated in the final by Stevens. Murphy was awarded Sportsman of the Year by the BBC East Midlands in December 2.005. In the Masters, Murphy lost by 4-6 against Higgins in the quarterfinals, but reached his second ranking final at the Welsh Open, losing 9-4 contra Stephen Lee. In the World Championship he reached the quarterfinals, but he was a victim of the call “curse of the crucible” (no “first-time” champion has successfully defended the title), being defeated by Ebdon by 7-13.
In season 2.006/2.007 Murphy rose to the number 5 in the world ranking, entering the top 16 for the first time and, Thus, automatically qualifying for the final phases of the ranking tournaments and receiving an automatic invitation for the Masters.
At the Northern Ireland Trophy (ranking tournament in that season) lost 4-5 against Lee in the quarterfinals and in the UK Championship he lost 3-9 against Alan McManus in the second round. To the defeat against Stephen Hendry by 3-6 in the quarterfinals of the Masters he was followed by his second ranking title, al derrotar a Ryan Day 9-4 in the final of the Malta Cup.
In your next match, a win over Jamie Cope at the Welsh Open, made four hundreds in four consecutive frames, becoming the second player to do so (after Higgins in the final of 2.005 del Grand Prix) and the only person to do it in a best-of-nine-frame game. Then he lost by 3-5 against Maguire in the quarterfinals. World Championship, Murphy derrotó Stevens 13-12 in quarterfinals, before losing 16-17 against Mark Selby in the semifinals.
In season 2.007/2.008 ranked number three in the world rankings and reached the semifinals of five ranking tournaments, but he did not win any. In the first edition of Shanghai Masters, He was defeated 2-5 by Ian McCulloch in the first round. He reached the final of the Pot Black, where he was defeated by Doherty. In the Grand Prix he reached the semifinals, where they lost 5-6 against Ronnie O’Sullivan, despite going 5-2 above.
In the two semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Trophy and the UK Championship he was defeated by Maguire, by 5-6 Y 5-9, respectively, so it was three defeats in three consecutive semifinals. Before the UK Championship it was, provisionally, number one in the ranking. He successfully defended his title in the Malta Cup (that year the tournament was not ranked) with a win for 9-3 about Doherty in the end. At the China Open, defeated Selby by 6-3 in the semifinal (his sixth semi-final in the last seven ranking tournaments), but lost for 9-10 against Maguire in the final. Before the World Championship, he was provisionally number one again. World Championship, as one of the favorites, reached the second round, before losing for 4-13 against Ali Carter. After his defeat Murphy criticized the state of the tables.
Murphy maintained his number three ranking for the season 2.008/2.009. Won the Paul Hunter Classic, derrotando Selby 4-0 in the end, but lost in the first round of the first four ranking tournaments, including a loss by 4-5 before the number 47 Mike Dunn at the Bahrain Championship. Despite four consecutive losses in first rounds, Murphy claimed his third ranking title at the UK Championship, defeating Fu 9-10 in the end. Victory meant he joined Davis, Alex Higgins, Griffiths, John Parrott, Hendry, O’Sullivan, Williams, John Higgins and Ebdon as the 10th player to have won both the world title and the UK title, establishing himself as one of the best elite players in the world.
In the World Championship he defeated Higginson by 10-8 first round. He then went on to defeat Fu (13-3), Hendry (13-11) and Robertson (17-14) to win a place in his second world final, with two-time world champion Higgins as an opponent. In the final he was defeated by 9-18 por Higgins.
In season 2.009/2.010 Murphy maintained his number three in the ranking. He successfully defended his title at the Paul Hunter Classic, defeating White by 4-0 in the end. Won the Premier League, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. Made it to the semifinals of the first ranking tournament, el Shanghai Masters, before losing 5-6 contra Liang Wenbo. At the UK Championship, as defending champion, lost 5-9 against subsequent winner Ding Junhui in the second round. After the match, Murphy complained that Ding had left the arena too often after frames., saying “I can't believe someone has to go to the bathroom after every frame”. Made it to the quarterfinals of the Masters, where he lost 4-6 contra Williams. At the Welsh Open and the China Open, lost in the first round to Stevens and Nigel Bond, respectively. In the World Championship he defeated Gerard Greene and Ding, but he lost 12-13 against Carter in the quarterfinals, despite going 8-4 above.
After three seasons classified as number three in the ranking he fell to the position 7 In the season 2.010/2.011. Won the Wuxi Classic, a non-ranking tournament held in China, defeating Ding by 9-8 having recovered from an adverse marker of 2-8. Made it to the semi-finals of the Paul Hunter Classic (now part of the PTC), but he lost 2-4 against subsequent winner Judd Trump. Murphy won the Brugge Open, the second European tournament of the PTC, derrotando a Matthew Couch 4-2 in the end. Reached the final of the Ruhr Championship, but he lost 2-4 contra John Higgins. He was unable to defend his title in the Premier League, since he lost 1-7 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. He then reached the semi-finals of the UK Championship, where he lost to later finalist Mark Williams for 8-9.
Murphy lost in the first round of the Masters by 3-6 contra Jamie Cope; in the second round of the German Masters for 2-5 contra Joe Swail ; and in the first round of the Welsh Open for 0-4 contra Matthew Stevens. Won the Players Tour Championship Finals with a win by 4-0 about Martin Gould, thus winning his fourth ranking title. The following week he reached the Champions League final, but he lost 1-3 contra Matthew Stevens. Made it to the semifinal of the China Open, where they lost 1-6 contra Judd Trump. In the World Championship he lost in the second round against Ronnie O'Sullivan by 10-13.
Murphy started the season 2.011/2.012 in the post 7 del ranking. Failed to defend his Wuxi Classic title, well he lost 3-6 against Ali Carter. Made it to the semifinals of the Australian Goldfields Open, but he lost 2-6 against later champion Stuart Bingham. In the Shanghai Masters he reached the quarterfinals, but lost for 4-5 contra Mark Selby. His next tournament was the Brazil Masters, where he defeated Graeme Dott 5-0 in the end. He also participated in the Premier League and finished the league stage with two wins and four losses.. As a result, he did not advance to the playoffs.. Then he reached the quarterfinals of the UK Championship, but he lost 3-6 contra Ricky Walden. He also participated in the Players Tour Championship, where his best results were at the Warsaw Classic (Warsaw Classic) and at the Kay Suzanne Memorial Trohpy, where he reached the quarterfinals, but he lost 3-4 against Neil Robertson and 2-4 contra Matthew Stevens, respectively. Finished the number 37 of the Order of Merit and failed to qualify for the Finals and defend his title.
Murphy reached his first Masters final, but he lost 6-10 against Neil Robertson. Then he reached the semifinals of the next two ranking tournaments, but he lost 0-6 against Stephen Maguire at the German Masters and 2-6 against Ding Junhui and el Welsh Open. He then lost in the quarterfinals of the World Open by 0-5 contra Mark Selby. Finished the season with two losses in the first round. Lost 2-5 contra Lu Ning (wildcard) at the China Open and 8-10 against Jamie Jones at the World Championship.
Murphy started the season 2.012/2.013 as number six in the ranking. Murphy's first tournament was the Wuxi Classic, where he lost in the first round 1-5 against Ken Doherty. The next tournament was the Six-red World Championship, where they finished first in Group E with four wins from five matches and reached the knockout stage. There he defeated James Wattana, Barry Hawkins, Dominic Dale and Judd Trump to reach the final, but he lost 4 -8 against Mark Davis. He then reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Goldfields Open, but he lost 4-5 contra Peter Ebdon. It was somewhat better in the next two ranking tournaments, reaching the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters and the International Championship, but he lost 3-6 against John Higgins and 5-9 against Neil Robertson, respectively. Murphy reached the final of the UK Championship thanks to two close victories. The first against the teenager Luca Brecel in the quarterfinals, then against Ali Carter. In that game Murphy rallied a 4-8 down and, going 0-32 from behind in the decisive frame, ended up winning by 9-8. He was defeated in the final by Mark Selby by 10-6. He also participated in the Players Tour Championship, where in the third tournament he reached the semifinals, but he lost 0-4 against Marco Fu. Finished the number 29 of the Order of Merit and failed to reach the Finals.
Murphy started the year reaching the semi-finals at the Masters, but he lost 2-6 against Neil Robertson. Then he reached the quarterfinals of the German Masters, but he lost 4-5 against Robertson. In the first round of the World Championship, Murphy defeated Martin Gould by 10-5 to advance to second round, where he faced Graeme Dott, winning 13-11. In the quarterfinals he faced Judd Trump in a tense match that reached the decider, after Trump won five consecutive frames to set the score 12-12. Trump prevailed in an exciting last frame and thus went to the semifinals.
The season 2.013/2.014 started with a shocking defeat by 1-5 vs. Alex Davies in the Wuxi Classic qualifying round. This tournament was the first to use a new format, that required the top players 16 players compete in the qualifiers. He stated that one of his goals regarding his health and fitness was to improve his stamina and concentration at the table, so he followed a strict regimen with which he lost 19 kilos in 6 months.
In the group 2 of the Champions League 2.014, made his second 147 in the robin-round against Mark Davis.
In the first round of the Masters, Murphy went back a 2-4 to defeat Ding Junhui by 6-4. Made another comeback in the quarterfinals, where was i going 1-4 below, winning five consecutive frames to clinch a win by 6-4 against Marco Fu. He faced defending champion Mark Selby in the semi-finals, but he lost 1-6.
In February 2.014, while playing in front of Jamie Jones round of 16, in the minor-ranking tournament Gdynia Open, Murphy made his second 147 of the season and the third of his professional career. Then he won the tournament, defeating Fergal O’Brien 4-1 in the final and get his first title in 29 months. The following month he defeated Selby by 10-6 in the final of the World Open, winning the fifth ranking title of his career and his first ranking title in three years.
World Championship, defeated Jamie Cope 10-9 and Marco Fu 13-8 to reach the quarterfinals, where he faced defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan. Although Murphy won the first two frames, O'Sullivan put the score 2-1 and then won 12 of the following 13 frames to defeat Murphy by 13-3 with a session to spare.
In season 2.014/2.015, in October he won the Bulgarian Open by defeating Martin Gould by 4-2 in the end. Two weeks later he reached the final of the General Cup, but he lost 6-7 against Ali Carter. In November he won the Ruhr Open, beating Robert Milkins for 4-0 in the end. In the second frame of the final he achieved his fourth 147, having missed two previous chances to do so on that day in matches against Joe Swail (where Murphy took a break from 129 before failing the blue ball) and in the match against Mark Williams (which he made a break of 122). In 2.014 Shaun Murphy became the first player to get three maximum breaks in a year.
In january 2.015, at the Masters, Murphy venció a Mark Selby, Stephen Maguire and Mark Allen on the way to the final against Neil Robertson. Murphy won the match by 2-10, thus completing the Triple Crown in his professional career.
In the World Championship he beat Robin Hull (10-3), Joe Perry (13-5), Anthony McGill (13-8) y Barry Hawkins (17-9) to reach his third final in the tournament against Stuart Bingham. In the end, despite leading by 3-0 Y 8-5, Murphy stayed behind 14-11 in the third session. Even though you fought, and put the marker 15-15, lost the next three frames and the final by 18-15.
Shaun Murphy is a golf lover, Manchester United fan and enthusiastic pianist, as he is described on his website: