John Higgins won Group 7 of the 2022 BetVictor Championship League Snooker Invitational, beating Ding Junhui 3-2 in the group final at the Morningside Arena, Leicester live on FreeSports in the UK and broadcasters worldwide.
Higgins reached the final by overcoming defending champion Kyren Wilson 3-1 at the semi-final stage. Wilson had gone 1-0 in front, but Higgins hit back with breaks of 62 and 77 to seal it. Ding beat Ali Carter 3-2 to set up a group final with Higgins.
Higgins took the opening frame with his seventh century of the group (134) but Ding hit back with a century of his own in a high-quality affair. The third frame was scrappier as Higgins went 2-1 up, but Ding weighed in with another heavy break of 131 to force a decider. It came down to the colours, and Higgins cleared from yellow to pink for victory.
“It was a good game in patches but in the end, we were both a bit edgy,” said four-time World Champion Higgins. “It’s brilliant to come down and win this group.”
The Wizard of Wishaw joins Graeme Dott, Liang Wenbo, Zhao Xintong, Yan Bingtao, Stuart Bingham and Scott Donaldson in action in the Winners’ Group which runs on Thursday and Friday, with the champion to be crowned on Friday evening.
Higgins will meet Dott in Thursday’s opening clash from 11 am on FreeSports in the UK and Ireland as well as networks worldwide. Table 2 is available globally on Matchroom.Live excluding the Nordic and Baltic regions with Bingham vs Yan.
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