Wuxi Classic

Maguire hammers Trump to make last eight

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

JUDD Trump’s hopes of winning his first major ranking title in more than 20 months were put to the sword after he fell to a 5-0 loss to Stephen Maguire.

The Bristol ace, who last picked up major silverware in November 2012 when he claimed the first ever International Championship, was dumped out of the Wuxi Classic after losing all five frames in the last 16 encounter.

The scoreline does not tell the whole story however as remarkably the match failed to produce a break of 50 or more.

But Maguire took all the frames played to set up a quarter-final battle with Martin Gould who beat Ryan Day 5-3. It is the first time in two years Gould has reached the quarter-finals stages of a major ranking event – the last time being in the Australian Goldfields Open in 2012.

Elsewhere, Finland’s Robin Hull secured his first major ranking quarter-final since the 2003 Welsh Open after thrashing Cao Yupeng 5-1.

Hull, who won all four qualifying rounds to reach the Crucible stages of the World Championship in April, made breaks of 87, 52 and 67 to move into the last eight.

The 39-year-old will meet Joe Perry who moved just three wins away from winning his first major ranking event after defeating Liang Wenbo 5-2.

The top half of the draw sees defending champion Neil Robertson face Shaun Murphy after the pair eased into the last eight.

Australian Robertson thrashed Michael Holt 5-1 and Murphy, winner of last season’s World Open, ended 17-year-old Zhao Xintong’s impressive run in the tournament with a 5-2 win.

Successive breaks of 138, 89 and 91 helped Barry Hawkins to complete a 5-2 win over Alan McManus.

Hawkins, ranked number 5 in the world, be battling for a semi-final place against Hong Kong’s Marco Fu who hit two centuries before winning a deciding frame in his last 16 match against Stuart Bingham.

Wuxi Classic – Quarter-Final Draw:

Neil ROBERTSON vs Shaun MURPHY
Marco FU vs Barry HAWKINS
Martin GOULD vs Stephen MAGUIRE
Robin HULL vs Joe PERRY

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