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Maguire Denies Advani in India

Stephen Maguire withstood a spirited fight back from Pankaj Advani to deny the home favourite in the Indian Open second round on Thursday.

Stephen Maguire

Stephen Maguire – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

Advani had fought back from 3-1 down to force a decider in front of a large partisan crowd, before disappointingly losing a dramatic final frame to the Scot.

It ended India’s participation in the tournament with Maguire going through to the last 16 to face Barry Hawkins, who beat Rory McLeod 4-2.

On a busy day at Hyderabad, arguably the biggest result came from amateur David Lilley after the Q-School finalist edged Mark Williams in a final frame shoot-out.

Lilley had been invited to compete in the event as one of the top-ups to make up the 128 entry list, and has certainly taken advantage after emerging victorious against the two-time world champion.

The Englishman will face Robert Milkins for a quarter-final berth after the latter saw off Joe Swail 4-1 with the aid of an excellent 140 total clearance.

Meanwhile, favourites Shaun Murphy, Stuart Bingham and Kyren Wilson all needed deciders to ensure their progress into Friday’s third round.

Murphy held on against Michael Georgiou but Bingham and, in particular, Wilson required comebacks to prevent them from suffering an early exit.

Bingham trailed Matthew Stevens 2-0 and 3-2 while Shanghai Masters champion Wilson reversed a 3-0 deficit against Xiao Guodong to each prevail 4-3.

Elsewhere, John Astley continued his impressive start to the campaign following his run to the last eight in Riga, after a 4-2 triumph over Robbie Williams.

Martin Gould and Anthony McGill repeated that scoreline in their successes over Jamie Jones and Matthew Selt respectively while twice ranking event winner Dominic Dale whitewashed Marco Fu.

There were wins also for former world champion Peter Ebdon, Nigel Bond, Gary Wilson, Oliver Lines and Akani Songsermsawad.

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