Grand Prix 2009
Date - 3-11 October. Venue - Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, Scotland
Final 14.00 & 20.00 (Best of 17 frame 7/10)
First Session: 124(124tc)-0, 97(46)-24, 42(37)-72(28,26), 35-84(80), 0-118(112), 108(108)-13, 66(43)-5
Final Session: 20-95(48,47), 77-52(32), 73(36)-5, 79-34, 60(32)-21, 89(89)-10
Good evening, welcome back. Just a few minutes until play gets underway in the final session.
8. Ding takes the opener to the evening session. He broke down on 48 but Robertson couldn't counter and Ding closed out with 47.
9. We're embroiled in a long safety exchange on the last red. Robertson leads 56-32. Onto the brown and Ding has successfully got the snookers he needed and is just ten points behind. Over 50 minutes now and still on the brown, it's absorbing and this could turn out to be the pivotal frame of the match. Just on the hour and Robertson clears up after Ding left the brown on.
10. Robertson opens a two frame gap. He dominated the frame and Ding didn't get much chance.
11. A lot for Ding to think about at the interval, 7-4 behind now.
12. Interval over and they're embroiled in another very long tactical exchange at the start of this frame. Robertson got the better of it. Ding had chances but missed a routine red and now stands on the brink of defeat.
13. Neil Robertson is crowned the 2009 Grand Prix Chamption. One last chance for Ding was squandered and Robertson grabbed the chance with both hands to close out the match and the championship.
1. Robertson has taken the opener, a long red and a frame winning century break. Brilliant start. That's Neil's 99th career ton and on this form he looks certain to notch No 100 in this final.
2. No major break this frame but Neil made 46 and that left Ding needing snookers. Everything Neil touches is turning to gold at the moment and all the little nudges and flicks are going in his favour.
3. A crucial safety battle mid frame. Neil has a 38 point lead and Ding is stil looking for his first clear scoring chance in the match. Ding has battled his way through the frame. He's on the board and will be very relieved.
4. It's going to be 2-2 at the interval. Ding is showing resilience we haven't seen in the past maybe. Robertson made all the early running but Ding has found his fluency to knock in an 80 break.
5. Tea break over, 3 more frames this afternoon so someone has to gain a lead. And it's Ding who goes ahead with a brilliant century, that's three frames on the spin for him and what a match we have on now.
6. All square again. Ding overstretched for a red and Neil punished him, a very hard worked break with nothing in position. A fitting break to complete his 100th century.
7. Barring snookers Robertson will hold the lead ahead of tonight's session. And he does. Join us at 20.00 BST for the final session.
1. Wow this is some start. A long red by Williams and he's on 56, all blacks so far. Well he had to take the blue but he's split the red and should win the frame now. And he has in just six minutes with a brilliant 142 total clearance and that's the tournament high break so far.
2. An undistinguished frame but Ding won't mind. He's got his name on the board and Mark Williams ponders an easy missed black off its spot.
3. Another error by Williams, a missed pink to the middle let Ding in for a frame winning century break.
4. Ding forges ahead 3-1 at the interval. Only a run of 31 but when Williams missed another black, Ding took the last red to leave the Welshman chasing snookers.
5. Ding wins a fractured frame to go 4-1 ahead. Williams needs to find his form of frame one and quickly.
6. So close. Williams nearly had the frame but Ding potted a miraculous brown and a good pink and stands one frame from the final.
7. Ding rounds off in style with 79 and is into Synday's final to face Australian Neil Robertson. This will be only the second ranking event final to feature two players from outside the UK. The first was way back at the 1985 British Open, featuring Kirk Stevens and Silvino Francisco.
1. There's a great start for the Aussie as Higgins left a red on and Neil has dished up with a fabulous century.
2. You can't get a better start than that. And this is going to be a belter of a match as John responds with 90, no ton as he lost position on the last red.
3. A good safety shot earned Neil the chance to make 66 and regain the lead.
4. A run of 60 by Higgins formed the back bone of levelling at 2-2. Remarkably he hasn't missed a pot he's attempted yet, including potting a red in the centre out of a snooker, from which he cleared up with 71.
5. Higgins gets the better of the tactics in frame five and leads for the first time.
6. Make a note, John Higgins missed a pot attempt in frame six, the result was he sat our at Robertson cleared up. Another century, his second of the match, fourth of the week and career number 97.
7. Robertson's back in front. Both players had and missed chances before Neil clinched it on the pink.
8. For the first time there's a two frame gap and it's in Robertson's favour. He needs one more frame to reach the final. It's another century, that puts him on 98 career tons.
9. Just how touch is John Higgins. 49 behind and staring defeat in the face, he's pulled out a suberb 84 clearance.
10. We're going to have a decider. Neither player deserves to lose. It's been a fabulous match and that 57 break by Higgins is enough to complete his recovery.
11. It's down to the yellow, Higgins has a seven point lead and some fabulous safety by both players. It's all on the black. And Robertson has won. What a match. One of the all time classics.