Snooker: King positive despite exit
PUBLISHED: 08:30 09 December 2017
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Mark King refused to be downhearted after a successful week at the UK Championships was ended at the hands of a clinical Shaun Murphy.
The Romford potter won the second frame of their quarter-final contest but that was his only bright spark as he went down 6-1 at the York Barbican.
But with this being King’s best performance at the event since reaching the semi-final in 2004, the 43-year-old couldn’t help but be pleased with his run on the baize.
“I take the positives, it’s been a decent week,” said King.
“I can’t go home with any complaints, I worked hard and gave it everything I had. My game just wasn’t there against Shaun [Murphy] but these things happen.
“It’s tough when somebody’s on you from the word go, you’re under pressure straight away and deserved to win, I wish him well.
“He potted some lovely long balls, he hit the ball well.”
Murphy produced his best performance of the tournament, with the world No.6 rattling off five half-century breaks to leave King with little chance of pulling off an upset.
Luck also wasn’t on the side of the 2016 Northern Ireland Open champion, although he took nothing away from Murphy, who will be making his seventh appearance in the final four.
“I had chances but if I’d have gone to the mid-session interval at 2-2 and hadn’t missed the red maybe I might have made a few more [frames],” he added.
“He had his little bit of fortune but he played well.
“I always think when you’re playing well you get a little bit of luck. I had some luck against Mike Dunn [in the second round] so it’s all swings and roundabouts.
“Sometimes you can go out there and look invincible and some days you can go out there and look like you picked your cue up five minutes ago.”
While King’s week is over, Murphy now has a place in the last-four – with the Essex potter pondering whether he had just lost to the eventual champion.
“If the long balls go in for Shaun he can beat anyone,” he said.
“But he still has to get through the semi-finals and that won’t be a walkover.
“A lot of the time it’s on the day. A little bit of the rub here and there but that’s snooker for you.”
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