John Higgins claims historic victory at the Indian Open

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Higgins captured ranking title number 29 in Vishakhapatnam on Saturday

John Higgins is the 2017 Indian Open champion following a commanding 5-1 victory over Anthony McGill in an all-Scottish final at the Novotel Varum Beach in Vishakhapatnam on Saturday.

The four-time World champion enjoyed a dominant performance against his compatriot in the showpiece to claim the 29th ranking title of his career, and move second outright ahead of Ronnie O’Sullivan and Steve Davis on the all-time list.

It was also his first victory in a tournament carrying ranking points for just under two years, while also pocketing the top prize of £50,000.

Following a 4-2 win over surprise package Xu Si in the semi-finals, Higgins made a strong start in the showpiece with a run of 42 helping him draw first blood after a dominant opening frame.

McGill struggled to replicate the form that secured back-to-back final appearances in India

Reigning champion McGill, who arrived off the back of 13 straight victories in this event after a narrow 4-3 success against Mark King in the Last Four, threatened to clear up in the second to level, but missed the green and allowed his opponent to double the lead.

However, appearing in his third final, the two-time ranking event winner did respond well with a run of 49 to halve the deficit, only to be pegged back again as Higgins hit 71 to pull clear once more.

The 42-year-old did not look back from there as he won the fifth frame on the colours to move to the brink of victory, which he secured in the next with runs of 39 and 34 along the way.

“It was great to play Anthony and have two Scottish players in the final,” Higgins said. “It’s also a special occasion to go above someone like Steve Davis, who was my hero growing up.”

Magnanimous in defeat, McGill added: “It’s been a brilliant week – finishing as runner-up is one of the best results in my career, so I have to be happy with that.”

Indian Open 2017 Results

 

Saturday September 16

Semi-Finals

Anthony McGill 4-3 Mark King

John Higgins 4-2 Xu Si

Final

John Higgins 5-1 Anthony McGill