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Ding shows class to end his 10-year wait for a third UK Championship



Taking aim: Ding Junhui en route to his title victory

Taking aim: Ding Junhui en route to his title victory


Taking aim: Ding Junhui en route to his title victory

Ding Junhui clinched his third Betway UK Championship crown last night by triumphing 10-6 over Stephen Maguire at York Barbican.

The Chinese ace, who last won the tournament a decade ago, stormed into a 4-0 lead in the afternoon session before Maguire - who beat Antrim's Mark Allen 6-0 in the semi-final and won the event in 2004 - claimed three frames on the bounce.

Ding took the final frame of the session to lead 5-3 at the interval and picked up where he left off last night.

He worked his way into an 8-6 advantage and went on to round out the victory.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia will host a ranking event for the first time next year after signing a 10-year deal with World Snooker.

The Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters will be held in Riyadh from October 4-10 with total prize money of £2.5million as part of the 2020/21 World Snooker Tour calendar.

World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn said: "This is a giant leap forward for our sport. We have enjoyed tremendous global expansion over the past decade, particularly in Asia and Europe and we are thrilled to stage a new and momentous tournament in the Middle East."

The tournament will include all 128 Tour players and the world's top 32 will enter at the third-round stage, with four local players competing in the first round.

Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority chairman Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal Al Saud said: "This partnership adds further to our hosting of a diverse range of international sports in Saudi Arabia.

"Having held motorsport and boxing events in recent months, and with tennis and equestrian events to follow, we are thrilled to add the Saudi Arabia Snooker Masters, which will see world-class snooker played in Saudi Arabia for the first time in 2020."

Anthony Joshua regained his world boxing heavyweight titles with victory in his rematch with Andy Ruiz in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday night.

Belfast Telegraph