STEPHEN Maguire admits that he needs a break from snooker after his Welsh Open exit in the semifinals, writes Paul Martin

The Glaswegian was beaten 6-1 by Jordan Brown in the last four games at Celtic Manor to become the world’s newest high-profile scalp on81’s inspired run

A break of 135 from Antrim Potter set the tone and although Maguire snapped the second frame, a nerveless Brown pulled himself out on either side of the interval in the middle of the session to secure a spot in his first final / p>

The result put an end to Maguire’s hopes of reaching next week’s Players Championship and the Scot has shifted his focus to the melting pot

“I will be retiring from the Gibraltar Open and taking a break to prepare for the World Cup in April,” he said

“I need some time out to regroup. I want to be in top form for the best of 19 players

“A semi-final here is good for me and I wasn’t expecting it. It’s just a shame I never showed up in this match

Brown’s break in the opening frame was the culmination of an exhibition that also included visits from 52, 56, 113 and 59

The Maverick, on the other hand, could only manage a maximum break of 33 and was ruthlessly punished for his mistakes

“He was way too good out there and put me under pressure from the first frame,” said Maguire

“I left him a long red and wanted him to try as the reds were all over the place – but I wasn’t expecting this start”He came out humming – fair game for him”

Brown will play Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final after the Rocket beat Mark Williams 6-1 in their last four games

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