Murphy makes Indian progress
Shaun Murphy was made to work for his place in the first round proper of the Indian Open. Facing the home player E Pandurangaiah in the wild-card round, the world No5 battled to a 4-2 win in which he lost the opening frame and did not record a half-century break until a 66 in the last. Alan McManus and Anthony McGill were among the other players to come through the preliminary stage, the latter with breaks of 76, 65 and 94 in a 4-0 dismissal of the home favourite Aditya Mehta. In round one, Tom Ford was surprisingly beaten 4-3 by China’s Tian Pengfei, whose compatriot Xu Si inflicted a 4-0 whitewash on Robin Hull. Graeme Dott enjoyed a 4-1 win against the highly regarded Jack Lisowski and Joe Perry defeated Daniel Wells by the same scoreline.