- Chinese teenager Yan Bingtao's superb comeback against former world champion Shaun Murphy fell just short as he lost 10-8 in the first round of the World Championships. The 17-year-old, whose display illustrated the strength in depth in the country's playing resources inspired largely by last year's finalist Ding Junhui, threatened at one point to become the youngest player to win a match at the championships in Sheffield. The record is held by seven-time champion Stephen Hendry, who was 18 when he beat Willie Thorne in the first round in 1987. "I played well but at 9-5 up he opened his shoulders and I was bang up against it at the end," said Murphy, who had lost twice to Yan in their three previous matches. "I can't praise him enough. He has a bit of swagger about him."