Snooker - Maguire thwarts Higgins to reach Rotterdam quarters

Stephen Maguire beat fellow Scot John Higgins 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open.

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Saison 2013: Stephen Maguire

Maguire’s assured success over the four-time world champion set up a last-eight clash with David Gilbert, who beat Ryan Day 4-3 in round four despite Day’s third-frame 129.

Another former world champion, Mark Williams, had no such problems as he beat Sam Baird 4-2. Next up for the Welshman is Stuart Bingham after his 4-0 whitewash of Martin O’Donnell.

Mark Selby also shut out his last-16 adversary, Jimmy Robertson, and he goes on to plays Martin Gould, conqueror of Anthony McGill.

Gould is in strong form, knocking in breaks of 137 and 107 against the Scot – though Selby looked equally impressive in his one-sided victory over Robertson, finishing off with a rousing 132 clearance.

The fourth quarter-final pits Mark Davis against Gary Wilson, with the tournament being played to a conclusion on Sunday at the Topsport Centrum.

The European Tour event is the first professional snooker tournament in The Netherlands for over 20 years.

Round four results

Mark Selby 4-0 Jimmy Robertson

Martin Gould 6-1 Anthony McGill

Mark Williams 4-2 Sam Baird

Stuart Bingham 4-0 Martin O’Donnell

Stephen Maguire 4-1 John Higgins

Gary Wilson 4-2 Joe Swail

David Gilbert 4-3 Ryan Day

Mark Davis 4-1 David Grace

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