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Ding does the double in India

Ding does the double in India

Ding Junhui has won the inaugural Indian Open in Delhi, beating Aditya Mehta 5-0 in the final. This also means he becomes the first player to win back-to-back ranking titles in the same season for a decade.

Photos courtesy of Tai Chengzhe. Click here for all the results from the Indian Open.

Ding Junhui Aditya Mehta Indian Open Snooker Final 2013

Indian Open Finalists Ding Junhui & Aditya Mehta

Ding Junhui has seen a resurgence in form recently, winning the Shanghai Masters last month. He added to his ever-growing trophy collect again yesterday, dominating the final against Aditya Mehta to win the first Indian Open tournament in Delhi.

Aditya who was making his first ranking event final appearance, coincidentally in his home country, lost a great chance at the start to take the early lead as Ding made a frame-winning clearance of 52 after Aditya could only make 30.

From then on until the end of the match Aditya only scored two points as the twice UK Champion Ding crafted superb breaks of 81, 107, 93 and 100 to win match and tournament in style, 5-0.

Aditya already had a great tournament, beating tough opponents including former world champions Peter Ebdon and Mark Williams in the earlier rounds so he can't complain to much. I'm sure he will be appearing in the latter stages of events in the months to come if he keeps going the way he is now.

But Ding however will probably be feeling the happiest he ever has in his career. He has become the first person to win back-to-back ranking events in the same season since Ronnie O'Sullivan in 2003 and is showing no signs of slowing down. 

No doubt he will be one of the favourites to lift the first big ranking event of the season next month at the International Championship in Chengdu, China. He however faces a tricky first round tie against in-form compatriot Cao Yupeng so it will be interesting to see how he performs in these longer, best of 11 matches.

Click here for the full draw for the International Championship. Next up for some of the pros is the third event of the Asian Tour in Zhengzhou, click here for the draw.

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Posted Oct 19, 2013   
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