John Higgins won the Bulgarian Open after he beat Neil Robertson 4-1 to earn himself a place back in the top ten of the world rankings and €25,000.

Higgins beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 4-2 in the semi-finals before comfortably beating Robertson with breaks of 60, 73, 118 and 82.

Robertson came through a semi-final with World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins but was no match for Higgins.

O'Sullivan was playing in his first tournament outside of England since March last year and his run to the last four saw him beat Michael Wild, Michael Leslie, Ian Burns, Mark Davis and Mark Williams before his defeat by four-time world champion Higgins.

O'Sullivan had hinted that he may quit snooker after winning the World Championship for the fifth time but admitted he couldn't afford to quit and he walked away from Bulgaria with €6,000.

The European Tour comprises of eight events, with the top 24 on the final Order of Merit to qualify for the Grand Finals next March. These players will be joined by eight more from the Asian Tour Order of Merit.

The next event is the Rotterdam Open from July 19-21.


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