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Brilliant Bingtao claims maiden ranking title at the Riga Masters

Yan denies Joyce in the final (credit:Alex Puskins)

Yan Bingtao secured his first ranking title at the age of 19 as he triumphed at the Riga Masters with a 5-2 victory over Mark Joyce in the final on Sunday.

Yan joined his compatriots Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo in becoming the third Chinese player to win a ranking event and became the first teenager to do so since Ding in 2006.

Having finished runner-up in the 2017 Northern Ireland Open, Yan went one better in the first ranking tournament of the 2019/20 season, denying Joyce what would have been his first ranking title in 13 years as a professional.

Yan began the final day with a 4-3 victory over Li Hang in the Quarter-Finals, producing a timely break of 80 in the deciding frame.

He then overcame Indian Open winner Matthew Selt 5-3 in the Semi-Finals with two half centuries along the way.

Yan edged the first frame of the final by a single point (58-57) before dominating the second to nil to double his lead.

Joyce got off the mark in style with a superb break of 103 before Yan restored a two-frame advantage with a 53 in frame four.

Joyce hit back to clinch the fifth, but a break of 65 moved Yan to the verge of victory - which he duly sealed in the following frame thanks to a tidy break of 66.

"I'm excited because it's the first time I have won a ranking final," said Yan. "I'm so happy to win the title. 

"I was a little bit lucky. Ding is still the best Chinese player, I have to improve.

"There are a lot of teenage Chinese players getting better and better, especially those who come to play in the UK. 

"Hopefully more of them can win titles, and of course I hope I can win a lot of ranking events. I will keep practising."

Having seen off last year's runner-up Jack Lisowski in the Last 16, Walsall's Joyce saw his quest for a first career ranking crown fall agonisingly short.

He began the final day bu seeing off Stuart Carrington 4-1, before edging out Norway's Kurt Maflin 5-4 with a stunning break of 126 in the decider.

Yan's victory secures him a place in November's Champion of Champions and sees him climb three places in the world rankings to 18th.

Riga Masters 2019 Results


Sunday July 28

Quarter-Finals
Stuart Carrington 1-4 Mark Joyce
Kurt Maflin 4-1 Luo Honghao
Yan Bingtao 4-3 Li Hang
Matthew Selt 1-4 Mark King

Semi-Finals
Yan Bingtao 5-3 Matthew Selt
Mark Joyce 5-4 Kurt Maflin

Final
Yan Bingtao 5-2 Mark Joyce



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