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Snooker Championship: Ding Junhui Reaches 1st World Final

China’s Ding Junhui became the 1st Asian player to succeed in the world Championship final with a 17-11 victory over Scotland’s Alan McManus.

The qualifier took 3 of the four frames played on saturday and his seven century breaks was a record for the most centuries in an exceedingly crucible match.

He beat the record that was held by Ronnie O’Sullivan & Stephen Hendry.

In the different semi-final, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu is tied at 12-12 with world favorite Mark Selby.

That match featured the longest frame in crucible history and delayed the Ding-McManus encounter by thirty seven minutes.

But the 29-year-old from China wasted very little time extending his long lead from 14-10.

World number seventeen Ding shared the first 2 frames together with his fellow qualifier McManus – at forty five the oldest player to play in a crucible semi-final since Ray Reardon in 1985.

He moved to within a frame of victory with the tenth ton scored in the match, that additionally further extended the record for many centuries in a World Championship game.

And he wrapped his seventh win since starting his qualifying campaign in early April, taking an aggressive twenty eighth frame.

The closing stages of the last-four meeting were continually unlikely to supply identical drama and excitement of Friday’s 2 sessions.

Ding was desperate to keep calm, saying: “I wanted to make the final however I feel normal. The tournament hasn’t finished nonetheless.’’

Adding, “I want to keep focused. Last season and this season, I did not play good however in March and April I began to play well.’’

“Now I’m assured to play any matches and play anybody.”

McManus took comfort from his exceptional run to the last four, the first time he managed that achievement since 1993.

His performance at the crucible will see the world number twenty nine climb back to the highest twenty within the world when the rankings are finalized at the end of the tournament.

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