Stephen Maguire profile

  • Last Updated: April 15 2014, 10:35 BST

World Championship 2014 - Stephen Maguire profile

Stephen Maguire: Struggling to find consistency
Stephen Maguire: Struggling to find consistency

Name: Stephen Maguire

Date of birth: 13/03/81 (33)

World ranking: 13

Crucible best: Semi-final 2007 and 2012

Scotland's Stephen Maguire has reached three semi-finals this season (Indian Open, Masters and Championship League) but has still slipped down the world rankings to 13 after starting the campaign at number five.

He arrives at the Crucible in no kind of form at all and anxious to avoid a repeat of 12 months ago when he was beaten by charismatic world number 67 Dechawat Poomjaeng of Thailand in the opening round.

On his day, Maguire is right up there with the very best so it remains a mystery why he has only managed to win five ranking titles.

His best performance in Sheffield was to reach the semi-finals in 2007 and 2012 and he will know that a good run this year will at least see him finish the campaign on a high.

He did show glimpses of his best at The Masters where he beat Joe Perry and Neil Robertson, before losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan in the semi-finals.

But it's that lack of consistency that is hampering his progress and is something he will be looking to put right.

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