Maguire beats Murphy to reach world quarters

Stephen Maguire
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Scotland's Stephen Maguire moved into the World Championship quarter-finals thanks to a 13-9 victory over 2005 world champion Shaun Murphy.

A fired-up Maguire had built a 10-6 lead on Saturday.

Murphy had earlier edged two frames on the black and responded with a fist pump, before Maguire did likewise, punching the table and then the air as he moved into a strong advantage going into the third session.

"Shaun made a mistake," said 43-year-old Maguire. "He knows me well enough and I get down on myself.

"He won a frame I should've won and I was sitting there hating myself when the fist pump came out and I thought 'you're having it' and all my attention went on that.

"It was satisfying beating a player as good as Shaun is in the last 16 of the World Championship."

The pair have been rivals since they were children, with Maguire the leading Scottish youth player and Murphy the top English young player.

They made headlines in a so-called 'Chalkgate' incident at the 2004 Grand Prix when Maguire forgot his chalk, the first-round tie was delayed and he was docked a frame.

Maguire blamed Murphy, who had spoken to the referee, for being docked a frame, although the Englishman has always insisted he was not to blame.

Breaks of 68 and 73 from Maguire helped him win two of the opening three frames on Sunday to move one away from victory. Murphy, the eighth seed, took the next two, but Maguire made a superb break of 127 to seal victory.

It means 11 of the 16 seeds have been eliminated in the opening two rounds.

Maguire, 28th in the world, faces England's David Gilbert, ranked 31st, in the last eight but felt he needed to improve if he was to become world champion.

"I'm still in it and I'm not going to say I've got no chance, but I'm one of the outsiders," added Maguire.

"Being realistic, I still need to improve. I don't think I'm good enough. I've not played good but got two good results when I've played better and lost."

in the afternoon session ended at 9-7.

The other Scot still in the tournament, John Higgins trails Mark Allen 9-7 after the second session of their last 16 encounter.

Northern Ireland's two-time semi-finalist Allen recovered from 7-5 down to win four frames on the bounce, with breaks of 71, 94, 80 and 74.

Allen now needs four frames when the match resumes at 19:00 BST on Monday, while Higgins needs six.