Indian world billiards’ champion Pankaj Advani’s shock win over Shaun Murphy in snooker’s Welsh Open on Tuesday led to the Englishman facing accusations that he had deliberately lost the match.
Murphy, the 2005 snooker World Champion, was beaten 4-3 by Advani in Newport with the Indian playing on the senior professional snooker circuit for the first time this season.
Murphy received a Twitter message on Tuesday, from a user whose account seemed to have been deleted later, saying: “Rumours going round you match fixed tonights game Shaun??? Any truth??”
The shocked English cueman replied: “Absolutely not-ouch.” He later added: “Worst day of my career today, being accused of losing on purpose.”
The 30-year-old Murphy received support from his fellow professionals, with Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen tweeting: “Don’t be silly mate. We all know its a pile of crap!!! Never a more untrue word spoke. Chin up.”
Murphy fell 3-1 behind against Advani before recovering to force a deciding frame. However, Advani won the match and in the process created history by becoming the first Indian cueist ever to reach the pre-quarterfinals of the Welsh Open Pro Snooker Series.