Anthony McGill (snooker player)

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Anthony McGill
Anthony McGill at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2015-02-04 05.jpg
Anthony McGill at the 2015 German Masters
Born (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 24)
Glasgow, Scotland
Sport country  Scotland
Professional 2010–
Highest ranking 29 (February 2015)[1]
Current ranking 32 (as of 6 April 2015)
Career winnings £215,120[2]
Highest break 144 (2014 World Open)[3][4]
Century breaks 62 [4]
Best ranking finish Quarter-final (2013 Indian Open, 2014 UK Championship,2015 World Championship)

Anthony McGill (born 5 February 1991) is a Scottish professional snooker player. He is a practice partner of Alan McManus.[5]

McGill turned professional in 2010, after finishing fourth in the 2009/2010 PIOS rankings.[6]

Career[edit]

Amateur years[edit]

He was runner-up to Stuart Carrington in the 2006 Junior Pot Black.[7]

He was runner-up in the 2008 European Under-19′s Championship behind Stephen Craigie.[8]

In the 2009/2010 season he won the fifth event of the International Open Series and finished fourth in the rankings. Thus, McGill received a place on the professional Main Tour for 2010/2011. He reached his first professional final losing 1–6 to John Higgins in the 2011 Scottish Professional Championship.

2011/2012[edit]

McGill did not manage to qualify for the main stage of any ranking event tournaments during the season, reaching the final qualifying on one occasion in an attempt to reach the German Masters.[9] He reached the semi-finals of Event 3 in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series, which included wins over experienced campaigners Matthew Stevens and Stephen Lee, before losing 0–4 to Ben Woollaston.[10] McGill's season concluded with an 8–10 defeat to Anthony Hamilton in the penultimate qualifying round for the World Championship, finishing the season ranked world number 50.[9][11]

2012/2013[edit]

McGill could only qualify for the China Open during the 2012/2013 season. He beat David Grace, Yu Delu and Martin Gould to reach the venue in Beijing, where he defeated Heydari Nezhad Ehsan 5–3 in the wildcard round.[12] He faced Mark Allen in the last 32 and lost 1–5.[13] McGill had a very good season in the Players Tour Championship events by reaching his first ever ranking final in the European Tour Event 5, played in his homeland of Scotland. He saw off the likes of Mark Davis and Robert Milkins to make it through to the quarter-finals where he was 0–3 and 51 points down against Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon to triumph 4–3.[12][14] He was also 1–3 down in the semis to Andrew Higginson, but recovered to win on a respotted black. McGill played Ding Junhui in the final and came up short of winning the title as he lost 2–4.[14] The run helped him to 16th on the PTC Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals,[15] where he beat Milkins 4–2 before once again losing to Ding, this time by a 3–4 scoreline.[12] In the third round of World Championship Qualifying McGill fought back from 3–8 down against Rod Lawler to force a decider which Lawler won.[16] McGill ended the season at number 48 in the world rankings, at that point his highest position to date.[17]

2013/2014[edit]

Anthony McGill at the 2014 German Masters

McGill lost in qualifying for the first three events of the season, but at the Indian Open he reached the quarter-finals of a ranking tournament for the first time.[18] He faced Robbie Williams and was whitewashed 4–0.[19] At the minor-ranking Zhengzhou Open he let a 2–0 lead slip in the semi-finals against Liang Wenbo to lose 4–3.[20] McGill was beaten in the last 32 of ranking events on three further occasions during the season.[18]

2014/2015[edit]

McGill began the season with a 5–3 loss to John Higgins in the first round of the Wuxi Classic. He reached the semi-finals of the Riga Open after beating Judd Trump 4–3, but lost in another final frame decider against Mark Allen.[21] McGill eliminated both Michael Georgiou and Igor Figueiredo by 6–4 scorelines at the UK Championship and then came back from 4–1 down against Nigel Bond to triumph 6–5.[22] He reached his first UK quarter-final by holding on to beat John Higgins 6–5 after being 4–1 up, but attributed the win to Higgins' bad form rather than his own good play.[23] McGill then lost 6–4 to Ronnie O'Sullivan after being 2–0 ahead and admitted he had blown his opportunity to knock out the four-time UK champion after failing to capitalise on the many chances that came his way during the game. However, he did break into the top 32 in the world rankings for the first time after the event.[24] McGill finished 21st on the European Order of Merit to play in the Grand Final and overcame Peter Ebdon 4–1 in the first round, before losing 4–3 to Joe Perry.[25]

McGill finished the year by qualifying for the televised stages of the World Championship for the first time, after coming through three matches, ending with a 10–9 victory over Mark King which he closed with a 127 break.[21] Compatriot Stephen Maguire levelled their first round match at 9–9 after having been 9–5 behind, but McGill once again made a century break in the deciding frame, this time a 122.[26] McGill then knocked out defending champion Mark Selby 13–9 in the second round, with Selby stating that he believed McGill could win the title if he could maintain his form.[27] In the third ranking event quarter-final of his career, McGill lost 13–8 to Shaun Murphy.[28]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[29][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 59 50 48 45
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic Non-Ranking LQ LQ 1R
Australian Goldfields Open NH LQ LQ LQ LQ
Shanghai Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
International Championship Not Held LQ 1R 2R
UK Championship LQ LQ LQ 3R QF
German Masters 1R LQ LQ 2R 1R
Welsh Open LQ LQ LQ 3R 2R
Indian Open Not Held QF 2R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 3] DNQ DNQ 2R DNQ 2R
China Open LQ LQ 1R 1R 2R
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ QF
Non-ranking tournaments
World Grand Prix Not Held 1R
Variant format tournaments
Shoot-Out 1R 1R 2R 1R 2R
Former ranking tournaments
World Open LQ LQ LQ 1R NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)

Career finals[edit]

Minor-ranking event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2012 Scottish Open China Junhui, DingDing Junhui 2–4

Amateur event finals: 2 (2 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1 2008 European Under-19 Snooker Championship England Craigie, StephenStephen Craigie 2–6
Runner-up 2. 2010 European Under-19 Snooker Championship Wales Jones, JakJak Jones 4–6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "World Rankings after the German Masters 2015" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 8 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Prize Money - All-time, Professional". CueTracker - Snooker Database. Retrieved 30 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "Haikou World Open Century Breaks". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Anthony McGill, Season 2013/2014". CueTracker – Snooker Database. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Anthony McGill Q&A". World Snooker. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "2009–10 PIOS Rankings". Global Snooker. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Pot Black, Junior Pot Black". Chris Turner's Snooker Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2010. 
  8. ^ "European Under 19 Championship 2008". maximumbreak.com. Retrieved 6 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Anthony McGill 2011/2012". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Players Tour Championship 3 Round 4 to Final" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c "Anthony McGill 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mark Allen sets up Neil Robertson clash at China Open". News Letter. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Ding Takes Scottish Crown". World Snooker. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  16. ^ "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  17. ^ "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Anthony McGill 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Wallasey's Robbie Williams will face Ding Junhui in the semi-finals of the Indian Open". Sky Sports. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mac snookered in last-four thriller". Evening Times. Retrieved 1 May 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Anthony McGill 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  22. ^ "Snooker: Tables turned on Nigel Bond as he bows out of UK Championship". Derby Telegraph. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  23. ^ "Anthony McGill edges out John Higgins in thrilling decider at the UK Championship". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  24. ^ "Scots snooker star Anthony McGill blows chance to beat Ronnie O'Sullivan but is tipped to go right to the top". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  25. ^ "European Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 
  26. ^ "Marvellous McGill Stuns Maguire". World Snooker. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  27. ^ "Anthony McGill can win world snooker title, says Mark Selby". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  28. ^ "Shaun Murphy reaches Crucible last four by subduing Anthony McGill". Guardian. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015. 
  29. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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