Maguire came out on top in Lisbon
Stephen Maguire won the new Lisbon Open in Portugal, beating Matthew Selt 4-2 in the final.
Only last month, after losing his opening match at the Champion of Champions event against Judd Trump, Glasgow’s Maguire admitted he was thinking of quitting snooker. Since then he has reached two semi-finals, and now won a tournament carrying ranking points for the first time since the 2013 Welsh Open.
With victory over Selt – who was playing in his first professional final – world number 12 Maguire took the 25,000 Euro top prize at the season’s penultimate Kreativ Dental European Tour event.
World number 42 Selt, who knocked out the likes of Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins, took the opening frame of the final with a break of 78. Maguire nicked the next by clearing from brown to black, then compiled a run of 100 to lead 2-1.
Selt levelled with a break of 69 and led 30-0 in frame five. But Maguire took it with runs of 50 and 26, then made an 86 in the next to seal victory.
“Apart from my first match and the final which were a bit scrappy, I played well over the two days,” said 33-year-old Maguire. “I won’t get carried away with this and it still hurts that I lost to Judd in the semis of the UK last week. But it feels good to lift a trophy again and to be the last man standing. I’ll have a break over Christmas and hopefully win more next year.”
The first ever professional tournament in Portugal was enthusiastically received by the local community, with fans flocking to the Casal Vistoso Sports Centre in Lisbon to watch many of the world’s best players.
Maguire added: “I didn’t expect to see big crowds here, but the fans were great – they made the tournament.”
The other highlight of the tournament was a 147 from Ben Woollaston – the first maximum of his career – on Friday.
The 2014/15 Kreativ Dental European Tour series comprises six events across the continent, with the top 24 in the final Order or Merit to go through to the Players Championship next March to battle for the £100,000 jackpot.
The next and final event is the Gdynia Open in Poland from February 26 to March 1.
Results (last 16 onwards)
Matthew Selt 4-1 Dominic Dale
Judd Trump 4-2 Aditya Mehta
Joe Perry 4-3 Jamie Jones
Barry Hawkins 4-3 Peter Ebdon
Stephen Maguire 4-2 John Higgins
Craig Steadman 4-0 Stuart Bingham
Mark Davis 4-1 Joel Walker
Noppon Saengkham 4-3 Kurt Maflin
Selt 4-1 Trump
Hawkins 4-2 Perry
Maguire 4-2 Saengkham
Davis 4-3 Steadman
Selt 4-2 Hawkins
Maguire 4-0 Davis
Maguire 4-2 Selt