Ben Mertens Shines with 5-2 Win Over Shaun Murphy in Wuhan Open

In a remarkable display of skill, 18-year-old Belgian sensation Ben Mertens triumphed with a commanding 5-2 victory over 2005 World Champion Shaun Murphy, securing his spot in the final stages of the Wuhan Open.

Mertens, currently ranked 72nd in the world, first dazzled the snooker world in 2020 when he became the youngest player ever to win a match at the World Championship, a feat achieved at the tender age of 15. Since then, Liam Davies has since surpassed this record.

This season, Mertens has been on a roll, reaching the round of 32 in the BetVictor European Masters and earning a spot in the Cazoo British Open through a hard-fought win over Louis Heathcote.

In the thrilling contest against Murphy, Mertens took an early lead by notching a break of 117 and capturing the first two frames. Murphy fought back with two consecutive frames to level the score at 2-2. However, it was Mertens who delivered the decisive surge towards victory, showcasing his talent with contributions of 57, 70, and 65, ultimately emerging as the 5-2 victor.

Meanwhile, Judd Trump secured his place in the Wuhan Open with a commanding 5-1 win over Germany’s Lukas Kleckers, displaying his exceptional snooker prowess with breaks of 87, 57, 82, and 79.

On a Welsh note, Daniel Wells triumphed over his compatriot Matthew Stevens with a convincing 5-1 victory, sealing his qualification, while Graeme Dott engaged in a hard-fought battle to defeat Belgian Julien Leclercq 5-3.

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