Wenbo clinches maiden ranking title

snooker-tableLIANG Wenbo lifted his first career ranking title after victory over teenage prodigy Lyu Haotian earned him glory in the season’s third PTC event in China.

The 26-year-old clinched his big moment with a convincing 4-0 win against the 15-year-old talent in what was the third World Snooker final in five weeks to be contested between two Asian players following the recent Shanghai Masters and Indian Open finals.

Wenbo took a close couple of frames to take a 2-0 lead before breaks of 90 and 61 sealed him the £10,000 winning prize and 2,000 ranking points.

Previous to this tournament, the closest Wenbo had come to lifting silverware was when he reached the final of the Shanghai Masters in 2009 before losing out to Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The win undoubtedly will give Liang momentum for the start of the International Championship – snooker’s biggest tournament outside the  UK – which begins on Sunday (October 27).

After the match, Wenbo told World Snooker the recent success of Shanghai Masters and Indian Open winner Ding Junhui spurred him on in his quest for a first title.

“It’s good to be in the final and win eventually,” he said. “I’m certainly very happy to lift the trophy because I haven’t achieved much for a couple of years.

“I witnessed Ding’s great recent performances, which encouraged me a lot. So I was driven to win something. It will be great to have another good run in Chengdu but there’s a lot of tournaments and you have to adapt to it. I will get prepared for each tournament.”

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