Shanghai Masters 2016 – Ding is your champion!

Ding Junhui beat Mark Selby by 10 frames to 6, in the final of the 10th Shanghai Masters. This brings his tally of ranking victories to 12, same as Neil Robertson. This also makes him the firs man to win this particular title twice. He was very emotional at the end of the match, it was clear for all to see how much it meant to him out there.

Congratulations Ding Junhui!

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The match itself was high quality, and followed a bit of a strange pattern: Mark lead 3-1 at the first MSI, only for Ding to win all five frames after that MSI, going to the inter-session leading 6-3. When they resumed, Ding looked a bit out of sorts and Mark won three frames on the bounce, to level the scores at 6-6. But crucially Ding won the last before the second MSI and never looked back. After the second MSI he won the three frames he needed for the win. Mark was restricted to score only 39 points in the last four frames, including at least 12 points in fouls…

Here is what Ding had to say after his win tonight:

Ding has apparently withdrawn from the European Masters. The qualifiers for that one start tomorrow so that’s understandable. Especially as he doesn’t need to play his qualifying match for the International Championship as it is held over to the venue because Ding is the Chinese n°1 player.