Dominant John Higgins wins a second Welsh Open crown

SNOOKER: John Higgins claimed his second Welsh Open title with a 9-4 victory over defending champion Ali Carter in the final at the Newport Centre. The reigning world champion had entered the evening session 6-2 ahead after dominating the afternoon's proceedings in Gwent.

The Scot moved 7-2 ahead thanks to a break of 72, putting him within two frames of victory and leaving Carter looking down the barrel of a heavy defeat. But Carter fought back bravely with a break of 60 to reduce the deficit before winning an astonishing 11th frame.

Higgins opened with a break of 72 only for Carter to complete a clearance of 73 to clinch the frame and make it 7-4. But Higgins extinguished any hopes of a fightback as he took the next frame with a break of 40, but only after being given a scare when Carter's first attempted pot saw a red rattle in the jaws of the middle pocket before rebounding across the table into the opposite pocket.

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Carter eventually made 36 but Higgins came through a tense safety battle to prevail.