Stephen Maguire thrashed Dominic Dale 5-1 to reach the second qualifying round of the BetVictor German Masters.
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Victory over Yuan Sijun on Tuesday would put Scotland’s Maguire through to the final stages at the marvellous Tempodrom venue in Berlin in January. Maguire, who was runner-up in this event in 2012, top scored with 93 in a comfortable win over Dale.
Yuan ended Lukas Kleckers’ hopes of qualifying for his tournament with a 5-2 victory. Breaks of 103 and 100 helped China’s Yuan come from 2-0 down to take five frames in a row.
Anthony McGill scored a 5-2 success over Louis Heathcote, making breaks of 65, 79, 80 and 96. Zhou Yuelong top scored with 102 in a 5-1 defeat of Peter Devlin, while Tom Ford edged out Joe O’Connor 5-4 in a Leicester derby.