STUART Bingham claimed his second major world ranking title in emphatic style after beating Mark Allen to win this year’s Shanghai Masters title.
The Basildon potter lifted his biggest career title yet after dominating a one-sided final as he clinched a 10-3 win against an in-form Allen who was looking to win his second event of the campaign.
Bingham’s last major ranking success came in Bendigo in Australia more than three years ago and he managed to avoid losing a third straight major ranking final after losing to Ricky Walden in the 2012 Wuxi Classic and Stephen Maguire in last year’s Welsh Open final.
The win also ensured Bingham’s place in November’s Champion of Champions event – a tournament which saw the 38-year-old reach the final last year losing narrowly to five-times world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Following his victory against defending champion and home favourite Ding Junhui on Saturday, Bingham took the momentum into the final and dominated the early stages of the contest winning the first four frames with top breaks of 99 and 68.
Allen got back into the match in style with a break of 97 before he reduced his deficit to 4-2 when he cleared the table with a break of 41 in the sixth frame. The next two frames were shared before Bingham won a crucial and close ninth frame to take a 6-3 lead going into the evening session.
Any chances of an Allen fightback appeared to be out of the sight when Bingham won the first two frames of the session to take a huge 8-3 lead. A run of 57 then put Bingham on the verge of victory as he moved 9-3 up.
And Bingham wrapped the match with still half a session to spare as he sealed the £85,000 cash prize with a break of 81.
Bingham’s Route to Shanghai Glory:
R1 – beat Li HANG 5-3
R2 – beat Dominic DALE 5-1
QF – beat Alan McMANUS 5-1
SF – beat Ding JUNHUI 6-4
Final – beat Mark ALLEN 10-3
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