Finals

Xuzhou Open Prize for Perry

Joe Perry won the Xuzhou Open earlier on Saturday after a 4-1 victory over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh in the final in China.

Perry also won the 2013 Yixing Open - photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

Perry also won the 2013 Yixing Open – photo courtesy of Monique Limbos.

It concludes the Asian Tour series of three tournaments, with the top eight players on the Order of Merit booking their places in the lucrative Players Championship Grand Finals in Thailand.

Following his triumph, Perry tops the standings to guarantee his spot in Bangkok and will be joined by home favourite Un-Nooh after a great week for the Thai.

The 29 year-old former world amateur champion recorded wins over Craig Steadman, Zhou Yuelong and Mark Williams to reach the final but ran out of steam against the highest ranked player in the tournament.

Perry, who required all seven frames to overcome fellow Englishman Tom Ford in the semi-final, compiled breaks of 60, 51 and 93 to see off Un-Nooh’s challenge.

It’s just reward for what has been a good season for the now 40 year-old after near misses earlier in the campaign.

Indeed, Perry came agonisingly close to a maiden ranking event triumph at the outset of the summer before being narrowly defeated in a final frame thriller to close pal Neil Robertson in the Wuxi Classic final.

While this satellite tournament, with so many of the top pros absent, does not equate to the same level of achievement, his second triumph in the series since 2013 does at least offer some recognition for his hard work.

Perry, who beat Ding Junhui in the Masters a couple of weeks ago, also collects a handy £10,000 for his efforts.

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