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Judd Trump retains World Open crown after denying Ding Junhui

Trump and Ding go head to head for the title on Sunday (Zhai Zheng/Xinhua/Alamy Live News)

Judd Trump locks horns with Ding Junhui in a blockbuster 2024 World Open final at the Yushan Sports Centre on Sunday.

It is set to be a fitting finale to the week with the reigning champion and home favourite going head to head for the trophy and top prize of £170,000.

The overall head-to-head record is locked at 9-9 with Ding prevailing 6-4 in their most recent showdown in this season’s UK Championship semi-finals.

That ended a three-match winning streak for Trump, who has gone on to win the respective tournament after his last two victories over Ding – at the 2021 German Masters and 2019 World Championship.

Although, it was the Chinese who triumphed in their only previous major ranking final showdown, winning 9-5 in the 2014 German Masters showpiece.

Ding would win five ranking titles that season, a tally Trump could match a decade on should he prevail here.

The Ace is set to appear in his eighth final of a campaign in which he has already won the English Open, Wuhan Open, Northern Ireland Open and German Masters.

Compiling six centuries while defeating Rory Thor, Sanderson Lam, Fan Zhengyi, David Lilley, Kyren Wilson and Jackson Page along the way, Trump is now looking to become the second back-to-back winner of this event during the World Open era after Mark Allen in 2013.

More importantly, he would equal Steve Davis’ haul of 28 ranking titles and move joint-fourth on the all-time list behind Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and John Higgins.

Meanwhile, Ding is seeking his 15th such silverware – and first since the 2019 UK Championship.

The winner of this tournament in 2017, he has delighted his home crowd once again with victories over maximum man Zak Surety, Liu Hongyu, Cao Yupeng, Shaun Murphy and Hossein Vafaei, before edging out Neil Robertson on the final pink in the semi-finals.

Ding, who has hit eight tons this week, was given a police escort out of the arena following his dramatic victory over Robertson, and can expect more raucous support on Sunday.

And a positive omen that could stand him in good stead is the fact that outside the Premier League and Championship League, he has gone on to win all five tournaments in which he has beaten the Australian.

We are set for a dramatic climax to the first edition of this tournament since 2019, with the best of 19 frames determining who will lift the trophy.

Play gets under way with the opening nine frames at 6am GMT on Sunday, before playing to a finish with a maximum of 10 from 11.30am at the Yushan Sports Centre.

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