Liang Wenbo won an individual title on the World Snooker Tour for the first time by beating Lyu Haotian 4-0 in an all-Chinese final at the Zhengzhou Open.
Liang, age 26, earned £10,000 and 2,000 ranking points for victory in the season’s third Asian Tour event. It was the third final within the past five weeks featuring two Asian players, following Ding Junhui’s victories over Xiao Guodong at the Shanghai Masters and Aditya Mehta at the Indian Open.
Teenage prodigy Lyu, age 15, led 45-0 in the opening frame but Liang battled back with a break of 62 and won it on the colours. He also nicked a tight second frame by potting the last blue and pink. And the left-hander reeled off the last two frames with runs of 90 and 61.
“Every match I played was a bit scary: comebacks and deciding frames,” said Liang, whose career highlights include reaching the final of the Shanghai Masters in 2009, the quarter-finals of the World Championship in 2007, and winning the World Cup alongside Ding in 2011. “It’s good to be in the final and win eventually. I’m certainly very happy to lift the trophy because I haven’t achieved much for a couple of years.
“I witnessed Ding’s great recent performances, which encouraged me a lot. So I was driven to win something. It will be great to have another good run in Chengdu but there’s a lot of tournaments and you have to adapt to it. I will get prepared for each tournament.
“The final today was nothing easy. We both made mistakes in the second frame and he had chances to level the match. After 2-0 I relaxed a bit which helped me to win it.”
Lyu said: “I didn’t play on the TV table until the final, and it was faster. I’m not used to the light. I played well during the tournament but it’s a pity that I didn’t perform in the final, at least I had chances in the first two frames.
“Now I’m calm and less emotional but I have to pay more attention to the tactical side and strategy when playing the pros. I want to be playing at Ding’s level and win the world title. I’ll keep my focus.”