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article imageDing Junhui wins Shanghai Masters snooker

By Tim Sandle     Sep 22, 2013 in Sports
In the first snooker ranking tournament final to feature two players from China, Ding Junhui has defeated Xiao Guodong by 10 frames to 6.
A snooker milestone: for the first time two snooker players from China in a major final, and in a tournament taking place in China to boot. In the end it was the far more experienced Ding Junhui, the 2005 U.K. champion, who triumphed.
To reach the final, Ding Junhui defeated David Gilbert 5-2, former world champion Shaun Murphy 5-3, a second ex-world champion Neil Robertson 5-2, and in the semi-finals, Barry Hawkins 6-2. His far less experience opponent, Xiao Guodong, reached the final with victories over Stephen Maguire (5-1), Peter Lines (5-3), Mark Davis (5-4), and Michael Holt (6-3).
According to Snooker Scene, Xiao became the fifth Asian player to reach a world ranking tournament final after James Wattana of Thailand, Marco Fu of Hong Kong, Ding and China’s Liang Wenbo.
In the final, refereed by Eirian Williams, the first six frames were shared before Ding Junhui pulled away to 7-3, making a break of 126 en route. Runs of 78 and 81 then helped him to 9-4 before Xiao Guodong pulled a couple of games back. Unperturbed, Junhui knocked in a crisp 71 break to clinch the match 10-6. The frame scores were (Junhui first):
85-37, 103-13 (83), 0-74 (62), 31-88 (67), 67-29 (66), 47-77 (52), 127-0 (126), 101-26 (58), 57-38, 0-78 (78), 65-12 (58), 78-8 (78), 81-0 (81), 9-86, 0-85, 78-45 (71)
On winning the match, Ding told the BBC: "I had to let my emotions go after winning the tournament. This showed how much I wanted this title. I wanted it more than anybody." He then added "I've been changing my game a little bit with a friend's help, and training a lot. Now I can concentrate more on my snooker and this win means a lot to my career."
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