World Snooker 2016: Ex-champion Shaun Murphy out in first round

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre
2016 World Snooker Championship
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 16 April - 2 May
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport app, Connected TVs and online.

Last year's finalist Shaun Murphy suffered a shock 10-8 first-round loss to qualifier Anthony McGill at the World Championship in Sheffield.

In a repeat of the 2015 quarter-final, McGill gained revenge despite falling 5-4 behind after the first session.

A high-quality encounter saw world number 30 McGill and 2005 champion Murphy make two centuries each.

Five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan opened up a 6-3 lead over qualifier David Gilbert in the first round.

O'Sullivan made breaks of 82, 74 and 71, but world number 22 Gilbert showed his ability with a superb 125 clearance. They play to a finish on Monday from 10:00 BST.

Alan McManus progressed with a 10-7 victory over fellow Scot Stephen Maguire, who lost in the first round for the fourth consecutive year. McManus will face Ali Carter in the second round on Thursday.

In Sunday's evening session, Welshman Mark Williams took a 7-2 lead over fellow former champion Graeme Dott of Scotland, while England's Sam Baird led Michael White of Wales 5-4. Both matches resume on Monday (19:00 BST).

Ronnie O'Sullivan
O'Sullivan made a strong start as he targets a sixth world title

Murphy: 'It's just a game of snooker'

Murphy, 33, becomes the third world champion after Peter Ebdon and Stuart Bingham to exit the competition.

This is only the second time that the previous year's finalists have both fallen at the first hurdle.

The last occasion was in 1980 when Terry Griffiths and Dennis Taylor both lost in the second round after receiving first-round byes.

McGill, 25, comes up against Ebdon's conqueror Marco Fu in the next round.

"I'm obviously disappointed but having a child on the way has change my perspective on things," said Murphy. "It is just a game of snooker.

"My preparation could not have been better. My game was in better shape than last year.

"If Anthony can keep his composure, keep himself under wraps and play with enjoyment, he will take some stopping."

McGill made his debut at the event last year, beating Stephen Maguire and ousting then defending champion Mark Selby, before falling to Murphy in the last eight.

Despite making only his second appearance at the Crucible, the Scot showed no sign of nerves and looked comfortable around the table.

His ruthlessness among the balls - managing breaks of 119, 117, 97 and 85 - underlined his quality.

"When I came here last year, I had no ambitions of winning and I just wanted to enjoy it," said McGill.

"It is an honour for me to play here and a lot of people around the world want to do it. It is a privilege."

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