Welsh Open 2018

Player Details

Stephen Maguire

Highest Tournament Break 147 - Scottish Open 2000, China Open 2008

5 Ranking event wins: 2004 European Open, 2004 UK Championship, 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy, 2008 China Open, 2013 Welsh Open

Maguire’s best run of the 2015/16 season saw him reach the semi-finals of the 2016 China Open. The Scot won five matches to reach the last four where he lost out to Judd Trump. It was a result that helped Maguire qualify for the World Championship, forcing home favourite Ding Junhui out of the top 16 in the last event before the Crucible.

He exited the 2016 World Championship at the first hurdle in Sheffield. Losing to compatriot Alan McManus 10-7.

Maguire won two events in 2014/15. The first came at the Six Reds World Championship, where he beat Ricky Walden 8-7 in the final. He also saw off Matthew Selt 4-2 to claim the Lisbon Open title.

He reached the semi-finals of the UK Championship and German Masters, but was unable to add to his tally of five ranking titles.

Maguire’s most recent ranking title came at the 2013 Welsh Open. He beat Stuart Bingham 9-8 in an exciting final to take the top prize in Newport.

During the 2007/08 season, Maguire was the only player other than Ronnie O’Sullivan to win two ranking titles. He claimed the Northern Ireland trophy with a 9-5 win over Fergal O’Brien to win his first ranking title in three years. Maguire went on to win the China Open in Beijing, edging out Ryan Day 6-5 in the semi-finals having made a 147 break earlier in the match. He went on to secure the title with a 10-9 win in a thrilling final with Shaun Murphy.

Maguire made his breakthrough in 2004. First by hammering Jimmy White 9-3 in the final of the European Open to win his maiden major title. Then securing the highlight of his career so far with victory in the UK Championship, beating David Gray 10-1 in the final.


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