Liang Wenbo claims first major title with thrilling English Open victory over Judd Trump
Liang Wenbo won his first ranking event at the English Open in Manchester with a splendid 9-6 win over Judd Trump in a final of great quality.
The Chinese player - who rises from 20 to 12 in the world after this sucess - produced an assured performance at Event City to win the Steve Davis trophy, the six-times world champion presented him with his prize, and a cheque for £70,000.
Resuming 5-3 ahead from the afternoon session, the action continued to be fast and furious with plenty of heavy break-building pouring out of both men..
A run of 132 from Trump saw him close to 5-4 behind, but he could never quite get level with the inspired Wenbo who has a reputation for losing his cool, but showed composure and character in spades to deny his opponent back-to-back titles after Trump won the European Masters a week ago in Bucharest.
A 50 from Trump gave him another chance of levellling, but Liang refused to buckle as a 62 in the 14th frame left him on the cusp of victory before he pounced on a Trump missed red late in the 15th frame to finally scramble over the winning line.
FIRST SESSION REPORT
Liang Wenbo holds a 5-3 lead over Judd Trump after a compelling first session of their best-of-17 frame English Open final in Manchester.
China's Wenbo - the world number 20 - opened with a break of 95 to claim the first frame after Trump had missed a black.
Wenbo moved ahead by the odd frame in five courtesy of a 76 before a 92 sent him two clear again at 4-2.
He was in among the balls in the final frame of the afternoon, but he walloped the reds apart after missing a routine red before Trump pieced together a classy 52 to trail by two frames before this evening's closing session.
The first man to nine frames wins the English Open title and a first prize of £70,000.
There is also the distant prospect of a £1m bonus if the champion can add the Northern Ireland Open, Scottish Open and Welsh Open to their name over the next five months as part of the Home Nations Series on Eurosport and Quest.