Belgium’s Luca Brecel has claimed his first ranking win in this year’s China Championship in Guangzhou, China, defeating Shaun Murphy 10-5.
The 22-year-old Belgium, who caused the shock of the tournament when knocking out Ronnie O’Sullivan in the quarter-finals, had to come from 3-1 down against the 2005 World Champion, Murphy.
Brecel collects his biggest pay-out to date with the winner’s cheque of £150,000 and now moves up the world rankings in to the top 16, from 27th in to 15th place.
Murphy, 35, collects the runners-up cheque of £75 and now moves from 8th to 5th in the world rankings.
It’s amazing, a dream come true. Especially to beat a player like Shaun in the final of such a big event. Hopefully there will be many more to come. Shaun played really well to go 3-1 up then I came back to go 5-3. When I lost the last frame of the first session I was devastated because I should have been 6-3 up but it was 5-4. I went back to the hotel and had some food and I was relaxed again.
It was a massive moment to go 8-5 up because if it had been 7-6 it would have been very close. It means so much to me to win a tournament, especially beating a lot of good players and coming from 4-1 down to beat Ronnie. This is a big milestone because it puts me in the top 16 and gets me into other tournaments.
This is what we need in Belgium because you can see what Kim Clijsters has done for tennis there – hopefully I can do the same for snooker. This is the first step.
Luca Brecel goes in to the Paul Hunter classic a best priced 33/1 with runner-up Murphy just 8/1 to go one better. Brecel has also being cut for the World Championship in Sheffield next May, available at 150/1 prior to his win in China, he is now a best priced 80/1.22 Aug 2017
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