Snooker: Ebdon thwarts Maguire's revival


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The Independent Online

Peter Ebdon held off a thrilling comeback from Stephen Maguire in to win the China Open final 10-9 in Beijing yesterday.

A slow-paced and one-sided first session saw the players hauled off fully three frames early despite Ebdon knocking in two centuries as he opened up a 5-1 lead.

The players traded blows early in a more watchable afternoon session but Maguire closed to 8-8 and took the match to a decider, only for Ebdon to finally prevail after over eight hours' play.