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Stephen Maguire Qualifies for German Masters

The Scot was a runner-up in 2012.

Stephen Maguire became one of the first players to reach the last 32 and the venue stages of this season’s German Masters on Tuesday.

The former world number two backed up his victory in the opening preliminary round on Monday with a second against Yuan Sijun at the Chase Leisure Centre in Cannock.



Maguire will be joined at the Tempordrom in Berlin by countryman Anthony McGill, who overcame Jamie O’Neill 5-2 in his second German Masters qualifying encounter thanks to runs of 108, 87, 80, and 68.

Tom Ford and Zhou Yuelong were the other two players to safely negotiate the first stage of the ranking event, beating Allan Taylor and Zak Surety respectively.

Back in the first qualifying round, former champion Mark Williams and Kyren Wilson were among the competitors to advance to the last 64.

Williams ousted Oliver Lines 5-1, a scoreline that was matched later by Wilson in his comfortable outing against Xu Si.

The performance of the day, however, came from Zhao Xintong as the talented Chinese cueist fired in four century breaks during a 5-3 triumph against Stuart Carrington.

Zhao compiled a 141 to win the first frame but looked in trouble as he entered the mid-session interval 3-1 behind, only to race through the remaining frames with contributions of 136, 123, 114, and 85 – leaving his opponent stunned and pointless.

Zhao’s countrymen Li Hang, Chang Bingyu, and Pang Junxu also progressed, in addition to British Open runner-up Gary Wilson and fellow Englishman Jimmy Robertson.

Those eight winners from round one will be back in action against each other in round two on Wednesday, with the likes of reigning champion Judd Trump and all-time legend Stephen Hendry entering the fray too.

Live coverage is available on the Eurosport Player and Matchroom.Live.

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Featured photo credit: WST



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the UK Championship – won by Zhao Xintong.

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

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