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Stephen Maguire storms to Lisbon Open title

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Stephen Maguire won his first European Tour title with a 4-2 victory over Matthew Selt in the inaugural Lisbon Open, on Sunday night.

Selt took the opening frame of the final with a break of 78, but after winning the second frame, Maguire struck a century in the third to move 2-1 ahead. A run of 69 saw Selt level at two-all, however his opponent ultimately proved too strong, winning frame five with a break of 50, before closing out the match with an 86. 

The win marks a long awaited return to the winners circle for the Scot who had hinted at the UK Championship, where he reached the semi-finals, that he may need a sport psychologist.

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The €25,000 first prize helps Maguire to consolidate his position at number 12 in the rankings, while Selt's €12,000 runner-up cheque moves him up five places to 37th.

Earlier in the day Maguire overcame John Higgins and Noppon Saengkham 4-2, followed by a 4-0 defeat of Mark Davis in the semi-finals.

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Selt won his last 16 match against Dominic Dale 4-1, before beating recent UK Championship finalist Judd Trump by the same scoreline. He then secured a 4-2 victory over world number five, Barry Hawkins, in the last four, to book his final place against Maguire. 

Elsewhere, Craig Steadman, who surprisingly knocked out Shaun Murphy in the last 128, recorded a 4-0 victory over Stuart Bingham in the fourth round. His run finally came to an end when beaten by Davis 4-3 in the last eight. Promising 20-year-old, Joel Walker, also lost to Davis in round four.

LOOKING AHEAD

The inaugural Lisbon Open - the fifth event on this season's European Tour calendar - marks the first time professional snooker has been played in Portugal. The final European Tour event takes place in Gdynia, Poland, in late February.

The Masters is the next tournament on the snooker calendar, featuring the world's top 16 players. The invitational event makes up the second leg of the Triple Crown and begins on January 11 at the Alexandra Palace in London.

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