Maguire suffers another early exit

Maguire suffers another early exit

Ken Doherty celebrates his first-round victory at The Crucible

Stephen Maguire's first round woes continued in Sheffield

Ken Doherty, pictured, was smiling on Sunday as he beat Stuart Bingham

Ken Doherty celebrates victory in his first round match against Stuart Bingham during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Ken Doherty celebrates victory in his first round match against Stuart Bingham during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Ken Doherty at the table in his first round match against Stuart Bingham during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Ken Doherty (right) shakes hands with Stuart Bingham after winning their first round match during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Ken Doherty (right) shakes hands with Stuart Bingham after winning their first-round match

Ali Carter at the table in his first round match against Xiao Guodong during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield.

Xiao Guodong at the table in his first round match against Ali Carter during the Dafabet World Snooker Championships at The Crucible, Sheffield.

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Stephen Maguire tumbled out of the Dafabet World Championship in an all-too-familiar heartbreaking fashion as Welsh qualifier Ryan Day claimed the Scot's scalp on Sunday.

For the third time in the last four years, and on a night of high drama at the Crucible, former world number two Maguire went out in the first round as he was overturned 10-9.

The 33-year-old Glaswegian had endured a largely disappointing season before coming to Sheffield, but reserved his best performances for the majors, reaching the quarter-finals of the UK Championship and semi-finals of the Masters.

This time, on the most famous stage in snooker, his performance and demeanour were flat until at 8-4 adrift he happened on prime form, firing in breaks of 56, 134, 58, 74 and 91 to force a deciding frame.

World number 20 Day had been one frame away at 9-6 and the 34-year-old held his nerve under the intense pressure of the decider to make 92 and tee up a possible second-round clash with Judd Trump.

A frustrated Maguire said: "I wish I got beaten 10-4 now. I could be in the pub just now. But obviously, I'm going to fight to the death because it's the Worlds.

"I'm actually glad the season's finished. It's been a season from hell for me. I'll forget about this in half an hour."

He added: "When it went to the decider I thought I was favourite. I had a chance in that last frame and couldn't take it and Ryan made a good break there."

Day said: "I enjoyed it all the way to the end. He came back strongly and played three really good frames. In the decider I managed to keep control of the cue ball and my emotions more importantly to finish it off.

"I'm over the moon. I thought it was a tremendous match. I know how tenacious Stephen is and I knew he was going to fight to the death. I was just hoping for a chance in the last frame and I got it."

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