‘Magnificent’ Stephen Maguire hits six centuries in Tour Championship opener

Stephen Maguire produced one of his best displays ever as a sensational performance saw him beat Neil Robertson in the Tour Championship.

The Scot is only playing in the tournament due to Ding Junhui’s withdrawal on safety grounds – and he appears to be taking full advantage of his fortune with a performance later described by pundit Alan McManus as ‘magnificent’.

Maguire, who made the UK Championship final earlier this season, hit six centuries in a high quality opening match in which he defeated the Australian 9-5.

Playing his first match since the coronavirus pandemic and with a new cue, Maguire got off to the perfect start as a century break saw him win the opening frame before then taking a 3-1 lead.

Robertson, ranked number 2 in the world, hit back winning three frames on the bounce to take a 4-3 lead before Maguire responded with a break of 117 to level the match 4-4 at the interval.

Stephen Maguire. Picture by Monique Limbos

The opening frame of the evening session was won by Robertson before Maguire completely dominated the proceedings with a spell of flawless snooker.

Four century breaks on the spin – 103, 135, 111 and 155 – put him on the verge of victory leaving Robertson stunned trailing 8-5.

And Maguire hit back in the next frame as a clearance of 59 sealed his place in the semi-finals.

Sunday’s match sees a repeat of last season’s World Championship final between Judd Trump and John Higgins.

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