Angry Maguire punches table and blasts ‘amateur’ performance in Masters quarter-final

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Furious Stephen Maguire let rip at an ‘amateur’ performance and says he’s one of the worst players in the world’s top 32 after being dumped out of the Masters by Yan Bingtao.

World No.8 Maguire went down 6-5 in the Milton Keynes quarter-final as his wait for a maiden Masters last four appearance since 2014 went on.

Maguire missed a golden opportunity to seize a 4-2 lead and despite making a tournament-best break of 137 in the eighth frame, watched Chinese sensation Yan, 20, eclipse that with a match-winning 141 in the decider.

The Glaswegian has failed to reach the fourth round of a ranking event this season and reckons that sixth frame miss summed up his misery at the Marshall Arena.

The 39-year-old, who angrily punched the table after letting the opportunity slip, moaned: “Not good enough.

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“I’ve got no complaints and I was beaten by the better player. I think I lost the match on that one shot, and after that I knew I couldn’t win. I was just not good enough.

“If you can’t win the game from that position, you deserve nothing from this game. I think he took about £45,000 from me in that [final]frame.

“I’m honestly one of the worst players in the top 32. If you can’t take chances like that, then you’re just not good, and it’s quite simple.

“As soon as I missed the red at 3-2, I just loosened up and let the arm go. I knew I couldn’t win, even when I went to five each. After that miss at 3-2, I was just thinking about the journey home.

“I need about three chances a frame. I had got the balls perfect in a few of the frames there – perfect, and you can’t ask for any better.

“And I get to 30 or 40 and I make a stupid mistake. It’s not good enough. It’s like amateur stuff.

“If you can’t win the frame when the reds are sitting absolutely perfect, not even once but two or three times, it’s quite simple, you’re not good enough.”

Maguire lifted the lid on his Milton Keynes misery after losing in the first round of December’s Scottish Open and resents life in the Buckinghamshire bubble.

He also lost in the first round of the English Open and has failed to advance past the third at the European Masters, Northern Ireland Open or UK Championship.

The Scot struck a fine break of 102 in the fourth frame to level at the interval but was always playing catch-up against world No.11 Yan.

The precocious Chinese struck breaks of 84 and 50 – twice – but that brilliant eighth frame 137 from Maguire, coupled with 60 in the tenth, teed up a nervy decider.

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But Yan, born after Maguire first turned professional, showed stunning resolve to make a tournament-best 141 and book a semi-final date against defending champion Stuart Bingham.

Four-time world champion John Higgins latter bettered Yan’s efforts with a 145 – the fourth highest break in Masters history – but the Asian ace held himself together remarkably well to edge over the line.

Angry Maguire leaves all his emotions out on the table and admits he behaves in matches just like he does in practice.

The six-time ranking event winner added: “I try to play as if it’s practice.

“In practice, I bang the table, I smash my cue and I throw my chalk, so why not do it in a match? I don’t really want to do it and I find it a bit embarrassing, 

“But there’s a lot more things to think about out there than everybody else. I don’t really give a s**t what they think.”

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