JOHN Higgins claimed the first title of the new snooker season after victory over Neil Robertson gave him the Victoria Bulgarian Open title.
The four times world champion made up for his first round exit in the World Championship in April by starting the season in fine style with a 4-1 win over the Australian to win the season’s opening PTC event.
It was Higgins’ first title since winning the fourth UK PTC event of last season in November and returns home with the cash winning prize of £25,000 Euros and 2,000 ranking points.
And the ‘Wizard of Wishaw’ certainly deserved to get his hands on the trophy after beating strong contenders along the way including Shaun Murphy, world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in the semi-final and Robertson in the final.
Robertson, who also suffered first round heartbreak at the Crucible earlier this year, took the lead with a break of 83 but breaks of 60, 73, 118 and 82 gave the Scot an impressive win.
Higgins becomes he second player to win in Bulgarian soil after Judd Trump won the first PTC event to be staged in the country last season.
He said: “It’s a great start to the season for me, especially beating so many good players in one day. It gives me a lot of extra confidence.
“I’m playing with a new cue which I had made a few weeks ago. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it at first because the chevrons are pointing towards the table rather than towards me as I’ve been used to in the past. But it’s obviously working so far.”
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