Stunning Wenbo wins English Open

01:34:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Liang Wenbo beat Judd Trump by 9-6 in order to win the English Open's first edition, but most importantly his first ever ranking title.

The Chinese player is well known for his explosive way of expressing his feelings and today was no different, as he potted the last ball in a tremendously well-played final where he clearly dominated from beginning until the end.

Wenbo was sure to take the first frames of the match with two identical breaks of 95, while the recent winner of the European Masters was drawing level as the first mid-session interval was starting.

But Liang had other plans, so he fired in breaks of 76 and 93 to restore a two-frame lead but also added another one to go 5-2 up.

Just as the first session was coming to and end, Trump managed to cue a 52 break in order to pull back a frame and start the last session like he did with the first - with a two-frame deficit.

When the game resumed, it was really no surprise to see a furious Judd Trump storming in an making a beautiful and typical 132 break to go just one behind his opponent, but his run of the ball stopped there as Wenbo used runs of 76 and 92 to go 7-4 up.

"The Juddernaut" didn't give in though and answered with breaks of 51 and 50 to pull back two consecutive frames, but that was about it as Liang used a top break of 62 to close the match and win by an outstanding 9-6 scoreline.

An overexcited Liang Wenbo made his classical "jump up and down" act around the table and humbly accepted the trophy from the snooker legend Steve Davis (the tournament itself carrying his name as a homage for his contribution into making snooker what it is today).

Beside all that Wenbo also cashed a pretty impressive check of £70,000 and has the first chance  in the race of winning £1 million bonus, chance given to the player who manages to win all four events of the Home Nations series.

Photos credit: World Snooker