Maguire continues good form to reach last eight

Stephen Maguire continued his impressive run of form after he secured a place in the World Championship quarter-finals with a session to spare.

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

The Glaswegian is back at the business end of the World Championship for the first time in five years after thrashing  Rory McLeod 13-3.

After brushing aside number 15 seed Anthony McGill convincingly in the first round, Maguire kept up the heat beating Judd Trump’s shock conqueror in just two sessions of a best-of-25 encounter.

The five-times ranking event winner appears to have found his best form again after qualifying for the World Championship and taking that momentum into the Crucible.

Next up he faces either former World Championship winner Graeme Dott or fellow previous finalist Barry Hawkins.

So far Maguire has only lost five frames since the start of the tournament.

In a season which has seen the under dogs shine with the likes of Mark King and Anthony Hamilton winning their first ranking titles in Northern Ireland and Germany respectively – Maguire feels like he has more titles up his sleeve and said he fears nobody.

“I’ve never even been to the final, I can’t say that I fancy winning it , I don’t know what it takes,” he said.

“All I can is beat whose in front of me, and I fancy doing that. I don’t fear anyone, if I play my game and I play the way I want to play I fancy winning. I still enjoy playing, I’d love to win it, I’d love to win any tournament coming up because it’s hard.

“A couple of years ago I would have said that I had no chance, but looking at whose winning tournament these days I think I’ve got another 20 years left!”

Stephen Maguire – Crucible Record

2017 – Quarter-Final (still competing) 

2016 – Last 32

2015 – Last 32

2014 – Last 32

2013 – Last 32

2012 – Semi-Final

2011 – Last 32

2010 – Last 16

2009 – Quarter-Final

2008 – Quarter-Final

2007 – Semi-Final

2006 – Last 16

2005 – Last 32

2004 – Last 32

 

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