- Chinese 20-year-old was 7-5 down but wins 10-8
- Higgins lauds ‘fantastic’ performance from opponent
Yan Bingtao was crowned the youngest Masters champion since Ronnie O’Sullivan in 1995 after sinking John Higgins 10-8 in Milton Keynes. The 20-year-old Chinese star rose to the occasion to see off the Scot, 25 years his senior, and claim the title in his debut appearance in the top-16-only tournament.
It was a remarkably composed display from Yan, the world No 11, who twice hit back from two frames behind before seeing off the vastly experienced former two-times winner.