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Masters snooker 2021: Stephen Maguire beaten by Yan Bingtao

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Yan Bingtao
China’s Yan Bingtao is ranked 11 in the world
Dates: 10-17 January Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app. Highlights on BBC Two and online.

Stephen Maguire was knocked out of the Masters after an agonising 6-5 quarter-final loss to debutant Yan Bingtao.

China’s Yan scrapped to take the first two frames but Maguire took a prolonged third and then hit 102 to pull level.

Maguire’s superb 137 was the highest break of the event, but Yan made 84 and two 50s to go one from victory.

Helped by a fluke, Maguire made a 60 to force a decider, but Yan’s 141 won the match and also denied Maguire the £15,000 highest break prize.

Yan will face defending champion Stuart Bingham in the last four on Saturday (13:00 GMT) as he aims to reach the final in his first appearance in the tournament.

The highly-rated 20-year-old is ranked 11 in the world and looked unflustered despite Maguire’s pressure, wrapping up victory with a nerveless century in the all-important 11th frame.

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan faces John Higgins on Friday evening to determine who claims the last of the semi-final places.

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