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Higgins Continues Momentum In Yushan

John Higgins showed no signs of fatigue after picking up his 29th ranking title on Sunday, recording a quick-fire 5-0 win over Alexander Ursenbacher at the Yushan World Open.

Higgins surpassed Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis in the all-time ranking event winner’s list with victory at last week’s Indian Open. The Scot defeated compatriot Anthony McGill 5-1 to lift the title.

Following his two-day journey from Vishakhapatnam, the four-time World Champion took just over an hour to complete today’s win in China. He made breaks of 95, 86 and 75 along the way.

Higgins remarked: “I played pretty well, but I don’t think Alexander settled. He has been playing some good stuff in the qualifiers, but I think the final stages of events are a new experience for him.

“When you have a little bit of form that is what happens sometimes. The other guy doesn’t play so well and you just have to go with it. There are times when you can be struggling and the game seems very hard so you have to capitalise on your good form. I could probably have had three or four centuries today.”

Li Hang came from behind to record a shock 5-4 win over compatriot Liang Wenbo.

Li has shown good form so far this season. He recorded an impressive defeat of Neil Robertson on his way to the semi-finals of the recent China Championship.

He had trailed 4-3 today against Liang, but played some tremendous snooker to force himself over the line. There was a contribution of 58 as he set up the decider. A century run of 102 secured his place in the last 32.

Stephen Maguire overcame 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty 5-2 to progress.

Doherty had looked set to establish an early lead. He made a break of 88 to take the opener, before moving 59-0 ahead in the second frame. However, the match turned on a fine clearance of 73 from Maguire to level at 1-1. He went on to make further contributions of 94, 56 and 62 to secure the win.

Joe Perry came through a final frame decider to edge out Yu Delu 5-4.

The Gentleman had led 4-2, but Yu hit back to win the seventh and then took the match to the final frame thanks to a break of 105. Perry got himself over the line after compiling a steely run of 84.

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