Walden wins Wuxi crown

19:17:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Ricky Walden, the 2012 Wuxi Classic champion
Ricky Walden had finally put an end to his trophies drought after winning 10-4 over Stuart Bingham in this year's Wuxi Classic final. 

The Englishman's last raking title was interestingly enough conquered also in China, four year ago, when he beat Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final of the Shanghai Masters.

It was a clear victory the one that Walden obtained by playing against a true delight of the green baize, also known as Stuart Bingham, Ricky taking a 5-0 lead before Stuart could cash his first frame of the match.

Still, Bingham did record a beautiful maximum break of 147 points (the third in his career as a professional player) in his way to capture his first frame and although the first session saw him being lead 7-1, he will soon prove to be quite a trouble in Ricky's way to glory.

Stuart Bingham, the 2012 Wuxi Classic runner-up
As the last session started Walden used breaks of 43 and 73 to go just one away of victory, leaving Bingham's fans hopeless. But what do you know? The player who won the Pink Ribbon tournament and a week ago was crowned the king of the fist APTC, had a few more aces in his sleeve.

Runs of 103, 100, 46 and 42 helped him stay in the game brought him no less than three consecutive frames before the inevitable happened and Walden closed the deal with a 74 break for a final 10-4 scoreline.

Walden put an end to his trophies drought
Punching the air, Walden showed the entire world how much this title means to him, after being such a long time away from the silverware.

Minutes later the ceremony started with Bingham receiving two trophies, one for the highest break of the tournament and one for the runner-up position, followed by Ding Junhui and his "most popular player" title and of course the champion, Ricky Walden who got one very strange trophy, resembling a small pot, if you ask me. Still the check fir £75,000 and the 7,000 ranking points that consolidate his Top 16 position will make up for the strange trophy surely.

Important note for my readers:
As you could easily see, the blog had been quiet this week as I only managed to cover the first and last day of this event. This was due to the fact that I had some really hectic days at the office, but most importantly because I had to go through a totally unexpected and kind of painfully surgery on my knee.

So, please except my sincere apologies for the lack of information. You'll be happy to know though, that I feel much better now and I'm ready to get back to my one true love, snooker ;-)