Ding takes Indian Open title
Updated: Friday, 18 Oct 2013 18:06
Ding Junhui dashed home hope Aditya Mehta's Indian Open dream by claiming a spectacular 5-0 win in the final in New Delhi.
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.
It earned Ding a first prize of £50,000, with Mehta settling for the runners-up cheque of £25,000.
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.