Shaun Murphy Kickback from missing the Welsh Open title Mark Selby 6-3 in the opening round of the Duelbits Players Championship in Wolverhampton.

Left behind by Robert Milkins on Sunday, Murphy was right back on track as the 72 and 75 breakouts helped him establish a three-square lead.

Murphy took his early advantage to 5-1 and although Selby took the next two squares to narrow the gap, the 40-year-old finally nudged the line.

Murphy told the World Snooker Tour: “I’m so happy. The result against Robert on Sunday had a huge impact on the draw.

“Then I had to face one of the toughest players of the tournament and one of the toughest players of my career.

“I know for sure that you beat me more times than the other way around. We’ve been playing each other since we were 10 years old and we know each other very well inside and outside the table.”

Meanwhile, Milkins continued his own phenomenal momentum by claiming a 6-5 win. Tom Fordthe decision maker wins with a 74-point timeout.

Earlier, Kyrenia Wilson He was relieved by beating China’s Zhou Yuelong 6-2 in the quarterfinals.