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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 April 2007, 14:54 GMT 15:54 UK
Maguire seals comfortable victory
Stephen Maguire
Maguire could face Mark Williams in round two
Stephen Maguire took less than an hour to wrap up his comfortable 10-3 over Joe Perry in the first round of the World Championship at The Crucible.

Resuming with a 7-2 lead, Maguire surged further ahead by taking the first frame of the session on the pink.

An out-of-sorts Perry made a break of 56 to take the 12th frame, and keep his faint hopes alive.

But Perry broke down on 33 in the final frame to let Maguire in, and the Scot sealed the win.

Maguire's long-potting remained at a high standard throughout the match, while his aggressive break building and shot selection simply overpowered Perry.

It was only Maguire's second win at The Crucible in four visits, but the 26-year-old looked to be approaching the form he showed when he first burst on the scene in 2004.

Despite his impressive display, Maguire said he was not looking too far ahead.

"I don't believe I am playing well enough to win it just now," he said.

"I hope I can play a lot better in the next match and improve as I go through the tournament.

"I'm probably guaranteed to be in the top 12 now so I can try to look forward to getting back into the top eight, but I'm not looking at winning the title."

Perry bemoaned his luck, but admitted that Maguire was a natural front-runner.

"Once he got on top he steamrollered me - he played well," said Perry.

"I don't like to make excuses but he had a nice run of the balls and at this level it makes a difference."

Stephen Maguire (Sco) 10-3 Joe Perry (Eng):
74-20 (66) 31-57 79-51 (Maguire 64, Perry 51) 70-32 (58) 45-63 92-13 83-3 (83) 124-0 (124) 68-1 (68) 56-40 81-6 75-30 (56) 64-37


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