Ding Junhui was on top in the first ever all-Chinese ranking event final, as he beat compatriot Xiao Guodong 10-6 to win the Shanghai Masters at the Grand Stage.
The world number seven wrapped up his seventh ranking event title, and his second this calendar year after winning the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in March.
Having overcome Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson en route the final, and overcame Barry Hawkins in yesterday’s semi, 26-year-old Ding went into this contest as overwhelming favourite.
His opponent Guodong has shown through the week that the run to his maiden final was no fluke with Stephen Maguire and the in-form Mark Davis among his scalps. He then beat Michael Holt yesterday in the battle of the first-time ranking event semi-finalists, to lift himself to a career-high 28 in the world rankings.
He fell 2-0 behind today with Ding making a break of 83 along the way, before runs of 64 and 67 drew the underdog level 2-2.
From there it was fairly one-way traffic though with the experienced of the two making a 66 and 126 on his way to moving 6-3 ahead.
Guodong responded with a 78 before runs of 65, 78 and 81 put Ding one frame away from victory.
The 24-year-old rattled off two straight frames to briefly keep the match alive. He was first in again with a 45 in frame 16, before breaking down and allowing Ding to pounce with a run of 71 to secure the title.
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