13 March 1981 |
|Highest ranking||2 (2008/09–2009/10)|
|13 (as of 30 June 2014)|
|Highest break||147 (2 times)|
Stephen Maguire (born 13 March 1981 in Glasgow, Scotland) is a Scottish professional snooker player. Maguire has been a professional snooker player since 1998, ranked among top 16 since 2005 and 2nd in two seasons. He has won five major ranking tournaments, including the UK Championship in 2004. As a prolific break-builder, Maguire has compiled more than 250 century breaks, including 2 maximum breaks.
- 1 Career
- 2 Rivalry
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Performance and rankings timeline
- 5 Career finals
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Maguire began his career on the UK Tour in 1998, at the time the second-level professional tour. He almost qualified for the 2000 World Championships, leading eventual semi-finalist Joe Swail 9–6 in the final qualifying round before losing 9–10, but first served notice of his true potential by knocking out Stephen Lee in the first round of the UK Championship in 2002.
Maguire was the surprise winner of the 2004 European Open. Ranked 41 in the world at the time, he beat well established top-16 player Jimmy White 9–3 in the final. It was in that same season that he qualified for the World Championship for the first time, losing 6–10 in the first round to Ronnie O'Sullivan, but O'Sullivan admitted to being impressed by Maguire's performance and tipped him to be a future World Champion.
The start of the 2004/2005 season saw Maguire establish himself as one of the game's brightest talents. He performed well at the season opening Grand Prix, reaching the quarter-finals, and things improved further at the British Open in Brighton. Maguire defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 6–1 in the semi-finals, leading O'Sullivan to claim that 'he had never seen anything like that on a snooker table before' and also rated Maguire as 'probably the best player in the world at the moment'. Although Maguire lost the final 6–9 to his compatriot John Higgins, he more than made up for it at the next event, the UK Championship, snooker's second biggest tournament.
The Scotsman played some superb snooker on the way to the final, beating the likes of Mark King, Mark Davis, Stephen Lee, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Steve Davis. Davis described Maguire as 'inspired', while O'Sullivan was again rich in his praise for the youngster, claiming 'he could rule the game for the next ten years'. In the final, Maguire blazed past David Gray with an emphatic 10–1 win.
The rest of the season was an anti-climax of sorts however. He lost against defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–10 in their World Championship first-round match, despite having led 9–7, but he still moved up to #3 in the world rankings.
Maguire again beat Shaun Murphy in the 2007 UK Championship semi-final 9–5 only to lose 2–10 against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final. In the 2008 China Open, he compiled a 147 in narrowly beating his friend Ryan Day 6–5 in the semi-finals, before edging out Shaun Murphy once again in the final by 10 frames to 9.
Despite losing at the quarter-final stage of the 2008 World Championship in another final frame decider (12–13) to Joe Perry, he became the world number 2 for the next season, his highest ever ranking having severed most of his ties the previous summer, Maguire formally left management company 110sport in the summer of 2008, but returned in October.
The 2008/2009 season he failed to win a ranking event, but did enough to maintain his number two ranking at the end of the season by consistently reaching the later stages of tournaments. His best runs were semi-final appearances in the Shanghai Masters and UK Championship. In the Shanghai Masters he lost narrowly 5–6 against Ronnie O'Sullivan and in the UK Championship 4–9 against Shaun Murphy.
Maguire was formally detained by Strathclyde Police on 27 August 2009, following allegations that he and countryman Jamie Burnett had colluded to produce a 9–3 victory for Maguire in their clash in the 2008 UK Championship. They were released without charge.
Maguire had to withdraw from the first ranking event, the Shanghai Masters, due to shoulder injury. In the Grand Prix he won his first ranking match of the season, defeating Nigel Bond 5–3, before losing his next match 1–5 against Ding Junhui.
At the UK Championship he reached the semi-finals by defeating Michael Holt 9–6 in the first round, Stuart Bingham 9–3 in the second round and Peter Lines 9–3 in the quarter-final, before he lost again against Ding Junhui 5–9.
Maguire then reached the semifinals of the Welsh Open. He defeated Dominic Dale 5–4 in the first round, Barry Hawkins 5–1 in the second round and Mark Williams 5–1 in the quarter-finals, but he lost 3–6 against defending champion Ali Carter.
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Maguire had a relatively quiet season, but he did reach the final of the Welsh Open where he led John Higgins 5–2 before being defeated 9–6. However, he followed this up by losing in the first round of the World Championship for the first time since 2005, as he was defeated by qualifier Barry Hawkins 10–9.
Maguire's season started poorly with first round exits at the opening two ranking events of the year, the Australian Goldfields Open and the Shanghai Masters. At the UK Championships he defeated Stephen Hendry and John Higgins to set up a quarter-final with world number seven Judd Trump, which Maguire lost 6–3. He made three century breaks during the tournament, including a 144, which was the highest of the event.
He won his first tournament carrying ranking points for almost four years in January 2012 at PTC Event 12 in Germany. He beat Joe Perry 4–2 in the final and stated afterwards that he hadn't practiced at all over the Christmas period. The result meant that he finished eighth in the Order of Merit and therefore qualified for the 2012 Finals. He couldn't carry his form into the following weeks Masters tournament however, as he exited the event in the first round for the second successive year following a 4–6 defeat to Mark Williams. Maguire reached the final in the German Masters, whitewashing John Higgins and Shaun Murphy en route. In the final he lost 7–9 against Ronnie O'Sullivan. At the aforementioned PTC Finals Maguire was whitewashed in the last 4 by Neil Robertson 0–4.
A quarter-final run in the Welsh Open and a first round defeat in the World Open followed, before Maguire competed in the China Open. There he made it to his second major final in as many months courtesy of wins over the likes of O'Sullivan and Stephen Lee. He played a rejuvenated Peter Ebdon in the final and from 1–5 behind, won seven of the next ten frames to level the match at 8–8. The match went into a decider which Ebdon won to end the eight hour contest.
Maguire therefore went into the World Championship in very good form and his passage into the semi-finals was largely trouble free as he beat seventeen-year-old Luca Brecel 10–5 in the first round, Joe Perry 13–7 in the second and Stephen Hendry 13–2 in the quarter-finals, with a session to spare. Maguire would unwittingly become Hendry's last ever opponent as the seven-time winner of the event retired immediately after the match. Maguire lost his semi-final 12–17 to Ali Carter, and finished the season ranked world number 4, meaning he had climbed four places during the year.
Maguire lost in the first round of the opening ranking event of the new season with a 4–5 defeat to Rod Lawler at the Wuxi Classic and then could not advance out of his group in the Six-red World Championship. His results soon picked up, however, as he won the second PTC title of his career at the UK PTC Event 1 by beating Jack Lisowski 4–3 in the final. He stated after the win that he was going to put a greater emphasis on his safety game this season. Maguire's form continued as he reached his second consecutive PTC Event final, but this time he lost 3–4 to Martin Gould. Maguire then lost in the second round of three consecutive ranking events and the first round of both the Masters and the German Masters.
In February, Maguire won his first ranking event title in over five years at the 2013 Welsh Open. He beat Anthony Hamilton, Matthew Stevens, Alan McManus and Judd Trump to face Stuart Bingham in the final. In a thrilling match Maguire came back from 5–7 down and eventually won the match with a composed 82 break in the deciding frame to triumph 9–8. He lost 4–5 to Ricky Walden in the second round of the World Open and, despite finishing third on the PTC Order of Merit to qualify for the Finals, was beaten 3–4 by Joe Swail in the first round. Maguire cruised into the semi-finals of the China Open by seeing off Michael Holt 5–3 and Barry Hawkins and Bingham both 5–1. He played Neil Robertson and led 4–2, but went on to lose 5–6. Maguire faced world number 67 Dechawat Poomjaeng in the opening round of the World Championship and was the victim of one of the biggest shocks in the history of the tournament as he lost 9–10 to the charismatic Thai player.
Maguire's first ranking event of the 2013/2014 season was the Shanghai Masters where he was beaten 5–2 by Xiao Guodong in the opening round. He reached the semi-finals of the inaugural Indian Open and fought back from 3–0 down against home favourite Aditya Mehta to level at 3–3 but lost the deciding frame. At the UK Championship Maguire came back from 5–2 down against Luca Brecel in the second round to win 6–5 and also edged past Liang Wenbo 6–5, before beating John Higgins 6–3. He lost 6–2 to Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals with the Australian calling the table unplayable after the match.
Maguire produced his best snooker to beat Joe Perry 6–4 and Robertson 6–2 at the Masters. He faced Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals and saw his errors punished by the reigning world champion to lose 6–2. Maguire won three matches to reach the last 16 of the Welsh Open, but relinquished his title by losing 4–3 to 19-year-old Joel Walker. He then lost in the first round of the next two ranking events and withdrew from the China Open to enter the World Championship in poor form. Maguire produced a comeback from 6–3 and 9–6 down against Ryan Day to send the match into a deciding frame but, despite having a chance to win, he lost 10–9. Afterwards, Maguire described his season as one from hell and said he was glad it was over. He ended it as the world number 14, his lowest ranking in 10 years.
Maguire has a rivalry with Shaun Murphy. In a 2004 Grand Prix match, Murphy was involved in having one of Maguire's frames forfeited. As the match was about to begin, Maguire realised he had forgotten to bring his chalk with him. He asked referee Johan Oomen for permission to leave the arena. While he was away, Murphy spoke to the referee; the tournament director Mike Ganley was summoned and he docked Maguire a frame for not being ready to start at the scheduled time. Maguire later won the match 5–2. Later that year, whilst playing in the final of the UK Championships, David Gray forgot his chalk. However, Maguire let him get it without a frame being docked. After beating Murphy in the 2007 Welsh Open, Maguire said, 'That put the icing on the cake, but we've always had a rivalry. I dislike him and I think he dislikes me. I try hard to beat everyone, but it would have hurt more if I'd lost to him'. After the previously mentioned 2006 World Championship match with Marco Fu, Maguire said, 'I don't want to be a fat world champion', a dig at Murphy. Murphy currently leads the head-to-head 10-9.
Stephen has three children, including a son called Finn and a daughter called Faith, with his wife Sharon.
He does not have to wear a bow tie in professional snooker matches due to medical problems, for which he has a doctor's letter.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR[nb 2][nb 3]||UR[nb 3]||193||100||52||52||41||24||3||9||10||2||2||6||8||4||5||14|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Tournament Not Held||Non-Ranking Event||1R||A||QF|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||A||A|
|Shanghai Masters||Tournament Not Held||1R||SF||1R||2R||1R||2R||1R|
|Indian Open||Tournament Not Held||SF|
|International Championship||Tournament Not Held||2R||1R|
|World Open[nb 5]||A||A||1R||LQ||1R||LQ||LQ||QF||1R||RR||2R||1R||2R||QF||1R||2R||1R|
|German Masters[nb 6]||A||NR||Tournament Not Held||QF||F||1R||2R|
|Players Championship Grand Final[nb 7]||Tournament not held||WD||SF||1R||1R|
|China Open[nb 8]||NR||A||LQ||1R||LQ||Not held||LQ||1R||2R||W||1R||2R||1R||F||SF||WD|
|Champion of Champions||Tournament Not Held||QF|
|Championship League||Tournament Not Held||A||A||SF||RR||A||RR||SF|
|Variant Format Tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship[nb 9]||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||NH||RR||1R|
|Shoot-Out||Tournament Not Held||1R||3R||SF||1R|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Malta Grand Prix||Non-Ranking||LQ||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Thailand Masters||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||NR||Not Held||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Scottish Open[nb 10]||A||A||1R||2R||1R||1R||LQ||Tournament Not Held||MR||Not Held|
|British Open||A||A||4R||LQ||LQ||3R||2R||F||Tournament Not Held|
|Irish Masters||Non-Ranking Event||2R||1R||1R||NH||NR||Tournament Not held|
|Malta Cup[nb 11]||Not Held||A||Not Held||1R||LQ||W||2R||QF||2R||NR||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not held||NR||3R||W||QF||Tournament Not held|
|Bahrain Championship||Tournament Not held||QF||Tournament Not held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Scottish Masters||A||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||A||Tournament Not Held|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||Tournament Not held||QF||Ranking Event||Tournament Not held|
|Malta Cup[nb 11]||Not Held||R||Not Held||Ranking Event||RR||Tournament Not Held|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Tournament Not Held||A||A||A||QF||Ranking Event|
|Premier League||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||RR||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||Not Held|
|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.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players don't have a ranking.
- He was not on the Main Tour.
- The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Grand Prix (1997/1998–2000/2001 and 2004/2005–2009/2010) and the LG Cup (2001/2002–2003/2004)
- The event was called the German Open (1997/1998)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the China International (1997/1998–1998/1999)
- The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
- The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
- The event was called the Irish Open (1998/1999) and the European Open (2001/2002–2003/2004)