Recent improvements encourage Murphy


Shaun Murphy says he is feeling quietly confident about his improving form ahead of his World Championship opener on Sunday.

The 2005 champion has also reached the Crucible final on two other occasions and approaches the event on the back of a victory at last month’s Gibraltar Open.

Sunday sees him begin his campaign against Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao and he will be keen to avoid a similar fate to 12 months ago when he fell in the first round to Anthony McGill.

Despite some good results this season, Murphy is far from satisfied and feels he is now finally finding his best form heading into the biggest tournament of the year.

“Possibly a lot of players would say that it has been a good season, be chuffed, play some golf and have a holiday,” he told “But I want to win and consistency is not what I’m after. I’d rather be inconsistent and have a bigger trophy cabinet!

“I feel I’m just coming into the best form of the year, but of course that doesn’t mean I’m going to win! However, I’m confident, my game is in good shape and I can’t wait to get out there.”


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