Stephen Maguire Ends Judd Trump’s Winning Streak in International Championship Upset

Stephen Maguire. Picture Source : World Snooker

In the last 32 of the International Championship in Tianjin, Scotland’s Stephen Maguire put an end to Judd Trump’s impressive 22-game winning streak by securing a 6-3 victory over the Englishman.

Judd Trump had been on a remarkable run of form this season, becoming only the fourth player in snooker history to win three consecutive ranking events. His back-to-back victories at the English Open, Wuhan Open, and the Northern Ireland Open had positioned him as a strong contender for the world number one spot. However, with his streak coming to an end in this match, his aspirations of claiming the top ranking were temporarily dashed.

The outcome of this match carried significant weight for 2004 UK Champion Maguire, who had struggled to make it past the quarter-finals in the previous season. Notably, he had faced a defeat at the hands of Trump in the Northern Ireland Open. This time, Maguire got his revenge, taking control with breaks of 56 and 69 to establish a 2-0 lead. Although Trump managed to secure his first frame with an 88-point break, Maguire maintained a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval.

After the break, the players shared the first two frames, and Maguire extended his lead to 5-2 with another strong run of 88. Trump fought back to win one more frame, but it was insufficient to alter the final outcome, as Maguire secured a crucial 6-3 victory. Maguire’s next challenge will be a last 16 clash against Ryan Day.

Reflecting on his triumph, Maguire expressed his pride at defeating Judd Trump and acknowledged the immense pressure Trump had faced to maintain his remarkable winning streak. Maguire emphasized that, for him, this match was just another opportunity to compete.

Meanwhile, world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan’s position at the top of the world rankings was confirmed this week as he fought hard to secure a 6-4 win over Jak Jones. O’Sullivan had initially faced competition from three players vying for his number one spot, but with World Champion Luca Brecel’s loss to Mark Davis and Mark Allen’s defeat against Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, as well as Trump’s exit from the tournament, O’Sullivan’s reign remained unchallenged.

O’Sullivan’s next opponent will be Anthony McGill, who advanced with an impressive 6-2 victory over Jack Lisowski. McGill showcased his break-building prowess with impressive runs, demonstrating an openness to innovation in his game, including the use of a carbon-fiber pool-style cue and a glove on his bridge hand.

Ding Junhui, a 14-time ranking event winner from China, moved one step closer to securing a spot in the final stages of the MrQ UK Championship with a 6-4 victory over Gary Wilson. Additionally, four-time World Champions Mark Selby and John Higgins both advanced in the competition, with Selby defeating Xiao Guodong 6-2 and Higgins overcoming Dylan Emery 6-1.

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