Monday, August 13, 2007

Dominic Dale on top in Shanghai Masters

Roewe Shanghai MastersDominic Dale won the Roewe Shanghai Masters for his first major title in 10 years.

In the final the popular Welshman came back from 6-2 down to defeat practice partner Ryan Day (Wales) 10-6. It was an unexpected match-up. Dale is No.32 in the official rankings whilst Day sits in 16th place.

Former world champion Graeme Dott (Scotland) and 2007 World runner-up Mark Selby (England) lost out in the semi-finals.

Dale received £48,000 for the victory and an additional £2,000 for his 143 tournament high break. Day walked away with £22,500.

This was Dominic's second ranking title. He also won the 1997 Grand Prix.

The win took him to No.16 in the new provisional rankings. Day's second career runner-up finish puts him in 10th position. World champion John Higgins from Scotland leads the list, followed by Shaun Murphy (England) and Dott.

The event took place on the Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China Aug 6-12, 2007. It was the first tournament of seven on the 2007/2008 Main Tour. Next up is the Royal London Watches Grand Prix 17nd September.

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