Yan Bingtao defeats John Higgins 10-8 to win Masters, making him the youngest Masters champion since Ronnie O’Sullivan won aged 19 against Higgins in 1995.
The win was leaning towards Higgins with a 7-5 lead, however, the 20-year-old Yan managed to fight back to win 10-8.
This snooker tournament was played behind closed doors at Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. It was the first Masters final without spectators.
Two-time former champion Higgins missed the final black in the final, allowing Yan to steal the frame and win the championship.
In Yan’s Masters debut, he showed a fabulous performance, keeping calm and composed throughout the whole game. With this win, he took home his first Triple Crown title and £250,000 in prize money.
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After Yan’s win, Higgins spoke highly of him.
“He was fantastic – he’s got such an incredible all-round game. I had my chances and I’m sick because I should have gone 6-3 in front and I was in control to go 8-5 in front. I’m gutted, but every credit to him – it is a brilliant achievement winning it at such a young age.” He told the BBC.
Ronnie O’Sullivan also commented on Yan’s performance and mentioned how he believes he will win many more tournaments.
He told the Eurosport: “‘Bingtao winning this tournament, the way he’s come through is fantastic. Not just to see a new winner but someone that you think he’s going to go on and win a lot more.
‘It’s like when Hendry come along, them type of players, John Higgins, Mark Williams, you thought, “this could go on for a while.”
‘To do it young and in the manner he does, it’s been a fantastic tournament and he’s done it the hard way, he’s had the hardest draw you could possibly get.’
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