Ross Muir beats world snooker No. 7

Ross Muir, Musselburgh with Scottish National Trophy. Picture: Gordon Fraser

Ross Muir, Musselburgh with Scottish National Trophy. Picture: Gordon Fraser

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Snooker professional Ross Muir, 17, produced a career-best performance in a stunning 4-3 victory over Ding Junhui in the last 32 of the Asian Tour Event 2 in Yixing, China.

In only his first season as a professional, the former Musselburgh High School pupil was huge underdog against the World No.7 who won the Shanghai Masters last weekend and is widely tipped to be a future world champion. After sharing the first two frames, Muir turned took a 3-1 lead after runs of 30, 27 and 89. before Ding levelled the match again with breaks of 63 and 95. In the deciding frame, after Ding broke down on a break of 30, Muir held his nerve to make a match-winning break of 80 for a 4-3 victory.

Muir could not keep his run going though, going down 4-0 to China’s Da Hailin, who made breaks of 33, 55, 31 and 75.

Capital-based Scott Donaldson made a magnificent break of 132 but suffered defeat on the black in the final frame, losing 4-3 to China’s Ma Tingpeng at the last-32 stage.