John Higgins starts well at World Snooker Championship

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John Higgins starts well at World Snooker Championship but his brother suffers suspected broken kneecap in freak accident on Crucible steps

  • John Higgins took a 6-3 lead from his first session with Mark Davis
  • His brother, Jason Higgins, suffered a freak injury at the Crucible on Sunday
  • Jason suffered a suspected broken kneecap when he fell in Sheffield venue

John Higgins saw a good day at the Betfred World Championship marred by a bad injury suffered by his brother in a freak accident.

The four-time world champion, runner-up for the past two years, established a commanding 6-3 lead against bogey opponent Mark Davis — who has won nine of their last 11 matches.

But after the session had ended Jason Higgins missed his footing on the Crucible foyer steps and suffered a suspected broken kneecap.

John Higgins established a 6-3 lead against Mark Davis but his brother suffered an injury

John Higgins established a 6-3 lead against Mark Davis but his brother suffered an injury

In agony, he was treated by paramedics and then taken to Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital, accompanied by the world No 5.

Shaun Murphy claimed a rare session whitewash and leads Chinese debutant Luo Honghao 9-0.

Former champion Murphy rattled in breaks of 138, 102, 101, 76, 62 and 123 against the 19-year-old qualifier who this morning could become just the second player in Crucible history to lose without winning a frame. 

Shaun Murphy claimed a rare session whitewash, taking all nine frames against Luo Honghao

Shaun Murphy claimed a rare session whitewash, taking all nine frames against Luo Honghao

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