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Class of Higgins shows

Judging the angle: Anthony Mcgill (left) ponders his next shot even as John Higgins intently watches

Judging the angle: Anthony Mcgill (left) ponders his next shot even as John Higgins intently watches   | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak

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Erratic display by McGill makes it easy for the four-day World champion

In an all-Scottish final, it was the experience and class of John Higgins which triumphed over the defending champion, Anthony McGill, as the four-time World champion notched up a 5-1 win in the best-of-nine frame final of the fourth Indian Open world ranking snooker tournament at Novotel Hotel here on Saturday night.

By his own standards, 26-year-old McGill set right through this edition, it was a erratic display with three fouls in the first frame, two in the fifth and then another crucial one in the sixth frames.

It was not the kind of start McGill, ranked World No. 18, would have hoped for as his potting too was awry even as both the champion players relied on safety play to start with.

On the other hand, the 42-year-old Higgins, ranked World No. 3, was confidence personified right through compiling significant breaks even as the opponent struggled to get his rhythmn.

It was clearly a story of missed chances for McGill even as a brilliant Higgins dished out an object lesson in the art of scoring and safety play.

“I tried my best. I don’t think the long semifinal was an issue. It actually helped me. No pressure on me being the title-holder. It is just John is one of the best players of all time, I just couldn’t do much,” McGill remarked later on.

McGill survives in semis

Earlier in a marathon semifinal lasting three-and-a-half hours, McGill seized on the opportunities that came his way in the crucial deciding frame to clinch an intensely-fought match against Englishman Mark King 4-3.

In the other semifinal, John Higgins downed the highly talented Chinese Xu Si 4-2.

The results: Final: John Higgins (Sco) bt Anthony McGill (Sco) 70-2, 84-43, 28-78, 71 (71)-0, 71-35, 104-1.

Semifinals: Anthony McGill (Sco) bt Mark King (Eng) 39-68, 76-31, 67-71, 68-28, 1-126 (98), 85 (68)-5, 69 (55)-30; John Higgins (Sco) bt Xu Si (Chn) 0-82, 64-12, 67-14, 18- 92 (91), 120 (102)-13, 78-5.

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