JOE PERRY claimed his first professional title since joining the main tour more than 20 years ago with victory over Mark Selby in the first Asian PTC event of the season.
Perry beat the world-number-2 4-1 in the final of the Yuxing Open in China to end a long wait of 22 years for silverware.
The 38-year-old also enjoyed wins against Robert Milkins, Cao Yupeng and Alan McManus en-route to the final and goes into the first major of the season, the Wuxi Classic, with an extra £10,000 to his name after winning the second PTC event of the season.
Winning this event will list high in Perry’s achievements in the game and joins his run to the semi-finals of the World Championship in 2008 as well as reaching the final of the European Open in 2001.
“By the end I was pretty tired but when there’s a good prize on offer and a chance to win a tournament, the adrenaline keeps you going,” Perry told World Snooker.
“I felt as though I was in control of the match. Some of the frames were long and drawn-out but I managed to win them. It’s been a great experience for me and Yuxing will be a place I’ll always remember fondly.”
Despite losing in the final, the tournament saw a return to form for Selby who came into the competition having not qualified for the Wuxi Classic, starting on Monday.
Bulgarian Open quarter-finalist Scott Donaldson continued his impressive start to the season as he made the semi-finals before losing to Selby.
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