China Open 2012: Maguire beats off-form Lee to reach final

STEPHEN Maguire is through to this year’s China Open final after proving too strong for Stephen Lee in today’s first semi-final match.

The Scot secured his second world ranking final of 2012 with a 6-2 win against Lee who struggled to find his top form from which he has been showing in the last two months.

Maguire started brightly winning the first two frames to race into a 2-0 lead against the recent PTC Grand Finals champion. But Lee showed his fighting spirit and levelled matters by winning frames three and four as the players went into the interval all square.

But Maguire went on to win the next four frames of the contest to book his place into his second China Open final after winning the competition four years ago. 

The Glasgow born potter will be hoping to do one better here in China than he did in Germany where he lost the German Masters final to Ronnie O’Sullivan back in February. 

In Sunday’s final Maguire will meet either Ding Junhui or Peter Ebdon who play their semi-final encounter later today.

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