Alfie Burden’s brilliant China Open run ended by Scotsman
PUBLISHED: 15:14 01 April 2016 | UPDATED: 15:14 01 April 2016
Alfie Burden’s best-ever run in a ranking event is over after he lost 5-1 to former world number two Stephen Maguire in the China Open last eight this afternoon (Friday).
The Hatfield man had found form in Beijing, beating Joe Perry, Rhys Clark and Rory McLeod on his way to a first-ever ranking quarter-final but the challenge of Scotsman Maguire was too much.
Maguire took the opening frame with a break of 62 but the 39-year-old replied in a scrappy second to level the match at 1-1.
From there, it was all the one-time World Championships semi-finalist as he reeled off four straight frames, including breaks of 88 and 74, to secure his place in the final four.
The match had added significance for Maguire as this victory means he retains his place in the world’s top 16 players and will not have to qualify for this year’s World Championships which begin in Sheffield at the end of this month.