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Anthony McGill dedicates Indian Open triumph to ill friend

Hyderabad: When Anthony McGill of Glasgow turned to his opponent Kyren Wilson at the end of the Indian Open final at the Novotel Hyderabad International Convention Centre here on Saturday, someone just turning up at the venue or tuning into the television, wouldn't have known who had triumphed, so calm and dignified was the exchange.

Anthony McGill
Anthony McGill

The emotions came later when McGill, while accepting his well-deserved winner's trophy, broke down remembering an ill friend to whom he dedicated the triumph.

Ranked 29 in the world, 25-year-old McGill had only around 90 minutes to recover after quelling the challenge of World No 4 Shaun Murphy 4-2 in the second semi-final after being 0-2 to start with.

A little over three hours into the final he was the champion as he downed the 16th ranked Wilson 5-2 in the best of nine frames clash. Wilson (24) had beaten fellow Englishman Nigel Bond 4-1 in the first semi-final.

The turning point came in the fifth frame. With the game tied at 2-2, Wilson coming back each time to draw level, the ice-cool McGill got in a break of 96 with the help of some wonderful potting to seal the frame. He missed an easy pink in the 6th but was fortunate that Wilson couldn't capitalize on the error.

In the 7th and what turned out to be the final frame, McGill, whose safety play was as impressive as his potting, turned on the magic when down 26-39. Potting the final red, he simply blew the rest of the colours away to end the contest then and there.

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