Liang beats Trump to win first ranking title

Liang Wenbo

Liang Wenb was a beaten finalist in last year’s UK Championship in York

Liang Wenbo won his first ranking title by beating Judd Trump 9-6 in the English Open final in Manchester.

China’s Liang led for most of the match, winning the seventh frame on a respotted black to go 5-2 ahead.

Trump hit back, and with the score at 7-6, both players looked nervy and missed shots, but it was the Chinese player who clinched a crucial frame.

And despite missing more chances in the next, Liang held his composure to beat the Englishman and take the title.

Trump had been in good form leading up to Sunday’s match, after beating Ronnie O’Sullivan in the final of the European Masters last week.

But Liang became just the fourth player from Asia to win a ranking event, after Ding Junhui of China, Hong Kong’s Marco Fu and Thailand’s James Wattana.

Article source: