Higgins Continues Resurgence in Lisbon.

John Higgins and Stephen Maguire will contest a battle of the Scots in 16 of the Lisbon Open after winning their opening three matches in Portugal.

Higgins' last minor-ranking event victory came at the 2013 Bulgarian Open - photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.
Higgins’ last minor-ranking event victory came at the 2013 Bulgarian Open – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

Higgins has shown a little bit of a return to form in the last few weeks after a long time struggling with his game.

The 39 year-old fired in a brace of centuries in his 4-1 victory over Jimmy Robertson on Saturday and overcame Allan Taylor by the same scoreline to reach the fourth round.

Maguire was also in high-scoring mood when, after a tight 4-3 win over Sanderson Lam, the Six Red world champion compiled 110 and 102 centuries against Finland’s Robin Hull before a 4-0 rout of Barry Pinches.

Meanwhile, Stuart Bingham bounced back from the disappointment of his narrow semi-final defeat to Ronnie O’Sullivan at last week’s UK Championship to set up a clash with Craig Steadman today.

Steadman caused the biggest upset of the tournament when he ousted Shaun Murphy, victorious in the last two European Tour events, 4-1 in the first round.

Elsewhere, Norway’s Kurt Maflin registered his 100th career competitive century in a 4-0 triumph over Gary Wilson and he subsequently came from 3-1 down to pip Rod Lawler in a decider.

Maflin will play Noppon Saengkham for a quarter-final place after the Thai required all seven frames as well in his successes over David Grace and Mitchell Mann.

Finally, talented 20 year-old Joel Walker beat rival up-and-coming star Oliver Lines 4-1 to set up a clash with another Englishman, Mark Davis.

The fifth European Tour event of the campaign comes to a conclusion on Sunday with €25,000 up for grabs for the champion.

The full draw can be viewed by clicking here. 

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the World Grand Prix – won by Ronnie O’Sullivan.

1. Mark Selby
2. Judd Trump
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. John Higgins
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Mark Williams
9. Zhao Xintong
10. Barry Hawkins
11. Stephen Maguire
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Mark Allen
14. Anthony McGill
15. Yan Bingtao
16. Luca Brecel

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