Ding takes Indian Open title
Ding Junhui dashed home hope Aditya Mehta's Indian Open dream by claiming a spectacular 5-0 win in the final in New Delhi.
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India, despite being the country where snooker originated in the late 19th century, had never previously produced a semi-finalist at a major ranking event.
But with the Indian event an addition to the calendar this season, 27-year-old Mehta responded to the challenge in brilliant style, with the 72nd-ranked player knocking out former world champions Peter Ebdon and Mark Williams before overcoming his compatriot Pankaj Advani in the quarter-finals.
He added Scotland's former world number two Stephen Maguire to his list of victims on Friday, winning their semi-final 4-3 with a best break of 132, but Ding proved a different class to the Glaswegian in the final that followed.
The Chinese world number four was at his punishing best, with the 26-year-old following a steady run of 52 in a tight opener with breaks of 81, 107, 93 and 100, restricting Mehta to just two points in a four-frame spell.
Ding had earlier ended 26-year-old Wallasey potter Robbie Williams' career-best run, making a break of 142 on his way to a 4-1 semi-final success.
Ding also won the recent Shanghai Masters, and said: "It feels great to be the champion at the first ever ranking tournament in India. Especially to play against Aditya in the final. I'm proud for myself and I'm enjoying this. I'll rest for the next few days then hope to do well in the next tournament."
He told worldsnooker.com: "I think I am playing the best snooker of my career. I have improved and I'm stronger. I still have a lot of things to learn."
Mehta said he was "completely gone" mentally heading into the final, after his draining run through the draw.
"A few years ago I would never have predicted this," he said.
"My heart has been in the right place and I have put the right amount of work in, and shown myself that nothing is impossible. I am very proud to have represented India in this tournament and for the fact that the event has been successful.
"I was mentally drained going into the final because I have had so many close matches which took everything out of me. I was completely gone. I needed a good start because when Ding gets on a roll, no one can stop him. Next time I will be more fit mentally and physically.
"I wasn't surprised by how well Ding played because he does it every day in practice. His cue ball control, potting and safety game, I see it day in and day out. That's what I aspire to."