Ding Junhui has reflected upon what was the first ranking final in history to feature two Chinese players at the Shanghai Masters by warning "this is going to happen more".
The 26 year-old defeated compatriot Xiao Guodong 10-6 on Sunday to claim his seventh ranking tournament title in front of his home crowd.
His opponent Guodong was only the third Chinese player to reach a ranking final, after Ding and Liang Wenbo in the 2009 Shanghai Masters.
And Ding, who is China's most successful snooker player of all-time, had words of inspiration for the up and coming talent in his native country.
He said: "It was incredible to have two players from my country in a ranking final for the first time, but I believe this is going to happen more in the future.
"I hope what has happened here will be an inspiration to other Chinese players, professionals and young kids.
"The ones already based in the UK need time and experience on tour, and they can make it, he was quoted by ESPN.
Ding displayed some terrific snooker to defeat former world champion Shaun Murphy, world No.1 Neil Robertson and this years' World Championship runner-up Barry Hawkins on his way to the final of the Shanghai Masters.
He was given a good battle by his fellow countryman, who pulled back from two frames down to level early on.
But Ding hit a century break in the seventh frame and soon pulled away from his opponent, to claim the £80,000 grand prize and move up to seventh in the world rankings.
And despite the defeat, Ding's beaten opponent acknowledged that the event was not only a major step forward in his career, but also for Chinese snooker.
He told the Shanghai Daily: “Regardless of the result, it’s an important moment in China’s snooker history.
“My next goal is to reach the top 16 and I hope I can keep the form until next year.”
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