“There would be no happiness, Yes the misfortune has helped” – this phrase can be safely attributed to the situation, which turned out to Stephen Maguire. At the beginning quarantine the Scot took 9-th place in the annual ranking. And only pandemic coronavirus has allowed him to get into the tournament, involving the top 8 socurito season.
Dean Tsunhua, No. 5 in this list, did not dare to fly from China to England, and instead the invitation to the Tour Championship got Maguire. As it turned out, Stephen capitalized on the gift. On the first day of the tournament, he set a world record for matches 9 wins. In a duel with one of the serial players of our time, Neil Robertson, Scot scored 6 century! By the way, a few days later, this achievement was repeated by Sean Murphy.
In the semi-finals Maguire defeated defending champion Judd trump. And it was a match not just for the finals. Judd led the table Coral Cup. A player earning more than all the prizes in the three competitions of the series, gets an additional bonus in the amount of 100 thousand pounds. But even victory did not guarantee Stephen this big prize. He needed to win the Tour Championship. And he did it!
The final match started with two breaks poluchennyh Allen, to which Maguire replied to her two – 2:2. And then the opponents won with a maximum of 2 consecutive frame, eventually going to the break with an equal score 4:4. And the second part of the match Stephen began with a series of 139 points, which was the largest in the tournament. Won the next game, and then went to exchange frames – 7:5. And two poluchennye series came close to Scot to win – 9:5. Mark was against such a development, issued the century. But 16-I party, full of drama, ended on the last pink and black – and ended with the victory of Maguire with the score 80:72.
Stephen Maguire is up and running in Milton Keynes, a fine break of 89 has reduced his deficit. Mark Allen still leads 2-1. #CoralSnookerSeries pic.twitter.com/kmUV79btQ9
— World Snooker Tour (@WeAreWST) June 26, 2020
10:6 – Steven won his 6th title in his career and the first for 7 years (last success Maguire was winning the Welsh Open in 2013). In addition, the Scot earned this week 260 thousand pounds – the biggest prize in his career (150 thousand for a victory at the Tour Championship, 10 – for the biggest breaks and 100 – behind victory in the Coral Cup). In addition, Stephen has risen to 9th place in the world ranking. By the way, Allen in the finals received 60 thousand pounds and was on 4-th place world ranking for the first time in his career he prebuy at such a high position.
We will add that in the current season left to play one ranking tournament – the world Cup. It will be held from 31 July to 16 August in “Crucible” – the English theatre in Sheffield.
1/4 finals (20-23 June):
Neil Robertson – Stephen Maguire – 5:9
Judd Trump – John Higgins – 9:4
Mark Selby – Yan Bintao – 9:6
Shaun Murphy – Mark Allen – 8:9
1/2 final (June 24-25):
Stephen Maguire – Judd Trump – 9:6
Mark Selby – Mark Allen – 2:9
Finals (26 June):
Stephen Maguire – Mark Allen – 10:6