Saturday 18 November 2017

Ding delights home crowd

Ding: “The home crowd always supports me in the same way as it does with Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK,”. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Ding: “The home crowd always supports me in the same way as it does with Ronnie O’Sullivan in the UK,”. Photo credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Nigel Whittaker

Ding Junhui delighted his home fans with a comprehensive 10-3 victory over Kyren Wilson to claim his 13th ranking title in the Yushan World Open in China.

The victory and £150,000 first prize takes Ding to number two in the world rankings and also lifts the Chinese star to sixth on the all-time list of ranking titles winners, ahead of reigning world champion Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.

After the first two frames were shared, Ding won five in a row with the aid of breaks of 67, 93 and 58, before Wilson hit back with runs of 104 and 66 to trail 6-3 heading into the evening session.

However, Ding was in top scoring form and rattled in breaks of 67, 69, 71 and 54 to secure a sixth title on home soil.

"The home crowd always supports me in the same way as it does with Ronnie O'Sullivan in the UK," Ding told World Snooker.

"That makes a big difference.

"You can see that some players don't like it, but you have to learn how to deal with it.

"I found it difficult in the first few years in the UK, but it is about learning."

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