Lucky break propels Scot into the semi-final stage in Beijing
from O’sullivan, who concluded the frame by potting the black.
When the match went to a deciding frame Maguire went on an early run to 29 before overstretching for a black, putting O’sullivan in the driving seat. Maguire could not get position from the final red to take on the black or pink, so a re-spot was the best he could hope for and after clearing the colours, he rode his luck to see out the match.
“I thought I threw a few frames away early on in the match,” he said. “I thought I could have won a little bit more comfortably but it’s never easy against Ronnie.”
Maguire will now face Lee, who overcame Trump despite their tie being posed delicately at 2-2. In the evening session, Ding Junhui defeated Ali Carter comfortably 5-2 and he will now meet Peter Ebdon in the semi-finals.