25th July, 2011

Stuart Bingham beats Mark Williams 9-8 to win Australian Open


England's Stuart Bingham won the last four frames of the Australian Open final to snatch a dramatic 9-8 win over two-time world champion Mark Williams.

Bingham began the final session level at 4-4, but twice found himself three frames adrift at 4-7 and then 5-8.

Breaks of 70 and 76 pulled the 35-year-old from Essex back level with the match to be decided on the 17th.

Bingham finally pulled clear after a cagey exchange of safety shots to claim his first ranking event title.

His victory came after a superb start which featured a break of 139 in the opening frame en route to a 3-1 lead.

Williams responded by taking the next three with breaks of 85, 57 and 84.

Bingham edged the eighth 64-52 to pull himself back, but seemed to have run out of steam after the interval.

Williams looked to have the upper hand as he followed up a half-century break in the ninth by capitalising on a series of errors by Bingham in the 10th and building a frame-winning break of 71 in the 11th.


Source: bbc.co.uk
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