In the early morning of April 23rd, Beijing time, the 2023 Snooker World Championships continued. In the second round of a focus match, China’s 20-year-old Si Jiahui took a 4-0 lead over the opponent in the first stage with veteran Robert Milkins, and after a 4-0 counterattack. In the first round, Si Jiahui beat the world champion "Magic" Sean Murphy 10-9 to advance strongly.
The World Snooker Championship is the most important annual snooker event. The 20-year-old Si Jiahui won through two qualifying rounds. Get the chance to participate in the World Championships in Crucible. And his opponent in the first round of the World Championships is very strong. He is Murphy, the first World Championship champion after 1980s, and he just won the player championship and runner-up in the Tour Championship not long ago.
In the face of powerful Murphy, Si Jiahui played a very domineering performance. His opponent in the first round is Murphy, who is in a hot state this season and won the "Magic" not long ago.
In this campaign, in the first four games, Si Jiahui fell behind 0-2 and 1-3. In the fifth game, the counterattack mode was started, and 77-2 pulled back a game. In the sixth game, the two men started a tug-of-war. In the stalemate game, Si Jiahui got a hand several times and pulled another game at 109-60. The score was tied at 3-3, and both sides returned to the same starting line.
In the seventh game, Si Jiahui scored 50 points in a single shot, won another game 86-34 and overtook the score 4-3. In the eighth game, although Murphy played very tenaciously, Si Jiahui’s state was still excellent. He scored 53 points in a single shot, 81-40 and then went to the next city, and the score came to 5-3.
In the ninth game, after losing four games in a row, Murphy finally stopped the decline. He pulled back a game through piecemeal, 65-19, and the score was 4-5. At the end of the first half, Si Jiahui was one game ahead. In the second half, Si Jiahui continued to make a strong effort. After the fifteenth game, he won three match points 9-6.
In desperation, Murphy launched a strong counterattack to save three match points and chase the score to 9-9. In the deciding game, Si Jiahui didn’t drop the chain, 56 points in a single shot sealed the victory, and the total score was 10-9. In the second round, facing veteran Milkins, when Si Jiahui started 0-1 behind, he made a 4-0 counterattack and 4-1 overtook the score.