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'Star Trek in bed until 3am' - Murphy reveals Welsh Open pre-final routine

'Star Trek in bed until 3am' - Murphy reveals Welsh Open pre-final routine

17/02/2020 at 04:29Updated 17/02/2020 at 05:11

Shaun Murphy has revealed his Welsh Open final preparations involved watching Star Trek until 3am before he demolished Kyren Wilson 9-1 in Cardiff.

The 37-year-old was in stunning form as he swept aside Wilson inside just two frames of the evening session in a one-sided final.

He joined Andy Goldstein, Jimmy White and Reanne Evans in the Eurosport studio holding the trophy after his comprehensive victory and explained his laid-back preparations.

"Obviously after a big match like that [semi-final] your phone lights up and also the adrenaline is buzzing," Murphy said.

" I had my guilty pleasure of Star Trek Next Generation in bed and then I got to sleep about 3am!"

"When you have kids you just become better at stuff like that - I could sleep on a washing line!

"Anyone who doesn't have children who tells you they are tired doesn't know what they are talking about."

Murphy also spoke about what Wales means to him after he spent many key early years on tour in the country.

"It feels very special, yes. It's a very special place this for me. I came to south Wales as a 16-year-old boy, second year on tour, I didn't know the ropes and I spent a lot of time in this part of the world.

"This was where I discovered whether I liked it or not, being on the tour. I have very special memories of this part of the world so great to get the trophy."

The 2005 world champion has now won nine ranking events with his first Welsh Open title, having finished as the runner-up in Cardiff to Stephen Lee back in 2006.