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Bingham frustrated by key misses

Stuart Bingham felt he had thrown away victory in the BetVictor Welsh Open final as Stephen Maguire secured a thrilling 9-8 win in Newport.

Maguire, the world number six, had led 4-2 at one point during the afternoon session, only for Bingham to hit back by winning five of the next six frames to lead 7-5.

Maguire dug deep and won a critical 13th frame where his opponent missed a shot to move within one of victory, and went on to take an 8-7 advantage.

Bingham, who won the last two frames to win his semi-final against Ding Junhui, set up a decider but Maguire's 82 sealed a 9-8 success and his fifth career title.

But Essex man Bingham was left to reflect on some key moments he felt had cost him victory.

The critical moment of the match came in that 13th frame when Bingham looked on course to move 8-5 ahead.

But his attempt to snooker his opponent resulted in the blue finding the middle pocket via a double and left him tight behind the pink.

Bingham missed the resulting pot, and Maguire stepped in to start his revival, and the Englishman later missed a plant in the final frame he felt was sure to drop.

"I had a shot where I flicked the blue and then I missed an easy pink and in the next frame I bounced the blue off the spot. I felt I threw it away a bit really," said Bingham.

"To clear up to go to 8-8, I thought the writing was on the wall, but I cannot believe I missed that plant.

"Normally when I go for a plant it is dead set, but it has been a great week. Some of the matches I have come through have been excellent but congratulations to Stephen."

Maguire's win was his first ranking event title since his China Open triumph in 2008 and the 31-year-old was delighted to have ended the wait.

"I forgot what it felt like to be the winner at the end of the tournament, so it is the best feeling ever really," he said.

"I thought I had thrown that away when I let Stuart back in at 8-7 and that would have really hurt if I had lost that one in a decider."