Ricky Walden fought back from 3-1 down to shock Shaun Murphy and book his place in the semi-finals of the Northern Ireland Open.

Murphy hit two tons in the match, but saw Walden find his stride after the interval at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.

Walden, who produced some good snooker last term without turning the positive play into tangible success, made a slow to start but settled as the match wore on and was deserving of setting up a meeting with Mark Allen.  https://dailyguardian.eu

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Murphy’s opening ton was taken in superb style, but he was handed a chance by Walden in the second.

Walden came into the match on the back of a late-night finish against Jackson Page, and he took some time to settle.

He created a chance in the second with an excellent safety, but missed a makeable red and Murphy stepped in to double his lead.