Snooker - Ding beats Robertson to claim China Open

Ding Junhui beat Neil Robertson 10-5 to win the China Open in front of his home fans and claim a record-equalling fifth title of the season.


Ding now has the opportunity to better Stephen Hendry’s 1990/91 exploits by winning a sixth title at the World Championship.

"Neil was tenacious, especially during the second session," Ding told World Snooker. "I spent a lot of energy to restrict his performance during the first session and tried my best to score whenever I got the chance. I tried to win the frames in one visit and played good safety.

"I can't tell my feelings now about winning five ranking titles this season. With so many wins, my mindset is very different than before.

"I'm getting more and more experienced, playing many finals, especially playing Ronnie O'Sullivan in Welsh Open final [where Ding lost 9-3]. I think I learned a lot from that match. I hope there will be more finals to come."

The world number three kicked off the final in the best possible fashion, dominating Robertson with breaks of 87, 61 and 48 to take charge of the showpiece event with an early 3-0 lead.

Robertson soon pulled a frame back to reduce the deficit, but a break of 119 in the fifth set the tone for the rest of the first session as Ding went into the interval five games to the good at 7-2.

The Australian grabbed the opening frame of the second session but a 104 response from Ding quelled any hope of a fight back.

The pair then shared the following two frames to leave Ding one from victory and although Robertson delayed the inevitable with a 57 in the 14th, the home favourite sealed the title with a 66 in the next.

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