Ding Junhui wins the UK Snooker Championship by beating Stephen Maguire

Ding Junhui won the UK Snooker Championship by beating Stephen Maguire by 10-6 of the tournament, which was held at York Barbican. This is the first major win for Ding Junhui in the last 10 years. 

The 32 years old snooker player hailing from China, who is currently the world rank no. 16, has now joined the list of elite players who have won the UK Snooker Championship 3 times in their career. The last time Ding Junhui won the UK Snooker champion was back in 2005 and 2009.

As for Stephen Maguire, the player from Scotland and is 38 years old, he is only 2 ranks higher than Ding Junhui in the world rankings. Maguire fell short of winning this UK title for the 2nd time in his career after winning it only once back in 2004. He lost the final despite winning the 3 of 7 centuries.

As for Ding Junhui who made back-to-back centuries in the coming game was able to take the 4-0 lead by an afternoon of the competition.  He was leading the final by 8-4 by evening but it was not after Maguire made a successive scores of 103 and 124 to make the score 8-6.

This was Maguire’s 4th century in the last 4 frames but Ding Junhui hold on to respond in a clear manner when the pressure was building up at 9-6 with the 131st break. Then he completed his victory with a 4th ton on the final frame and received the victory with a standing ovation from the crowd.

This win marks the 4th major title win for Ding Junhui; which came 8 years after winning the first one. He also pocketed a prize check for the sum of 200000 pounds whereas Maguire, who has lost previously to Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of 2007, received the runner reward of 80000 pounds.

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