Ding Junhui 9/1 for UK Championship in Sheffield after World Open defeat of Kyren Wilson

Ding Junhui
Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui delighted his home fans with a comprehensive 10-3 victory over Kyren Wilson to claim his 13th ranking title in the Yushan World Open.

The victory and £150,000 first prize takes Ding to number two in the world rankings and also lifts the Chinese star to sixth on the all-time list of ranking titles, ahead of Mark Selby and Neil Robertson.

He is now 9/1 with Sky Bet for the next year's World Championship in Sheffield behind Selby (7/2), Ronnie O'Sullivan (5/1) and Judd Trump (5/1).

After the first two frames were shared, Ding won five in a row with the aid of breaks of 67, 93 and 58 before Wilson hit back with runs of 104 and 66 to trail 6-3 heading into the evening session.

However, Ding rattled in breaks of 67, 69, 71 and 54 to secure a sixth title on home soil.

"The home crowd always supports me in the same way as it does with Ronnie O'Sullivan in the UK," Ding told World Snooker. "That makes a big difference.

"You can see that some players don't like it, but you have to learn how to deal with it. I found it difficult in the first few years in the UK, but it is about learning."

A disappointed Wilson added: "Throughout the match anything I did seemed to backfire and go wrong. I was just playing catch up from the word go. Ding being the class act he is took advantage of that and was very hard to stop."

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