Walden Wins Bluebell Wood Open

Ricky Walden held off a fight back from Marco Fu to win his first PTC title at the Bluebell Wood Open in Doncaster.

The Englishman opened up a 3-1 advantage despite Fu making a 113 break but saw his lead evaporated as the contest headed for a decider.

Hong Kong’s Fu had the chance to complete the turnaround but a 65 from Walden gave him the title.

Walden had worked hard for his trophy, having earlier in the day seen off David Gilbert, Mark Allen and former world champion Shaun Murphy.

Fu similarly impressed with deciding frame triumphs over Steve Davis and Ding Junhui, either side of a whitewash win over Wales’ Mark Williams.

The 35 year-old was going for his second title of the season having already picked up silverware at the Australian Open last month.

But Walden proved to be too good in the end as he earned the handsome £20,000 pay packet.

Walden has been an inconsistent player throughout his career but a pair of main ranking event successes, as well as appearances in the last four of both the World and UK Championships, upholds his pedigree.

At only 30, the Chester cueist is still in his prime and is a dangerous player at any event he participates in.

The event itself appeared to run smoothly enough but there were once again concerns over the excessive heat in the Doncaster Dome.

Some will argue that players should just get on with the job at hand and stop complaining.

But to be fair, conditions should be at least close to perfect in a professional sporting tournament.

The Dome is a much better facility than the EIS in Sheffield, the venue that was previously used but that has no seating, yet this issue should be resolved if the tour is to return there in the future.

Either way, the weekend belongs to Ricky Walden, who will go to Germany and the Paul Hunter Classic next week full of confidence.

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Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.

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