Result: Ding Junhui equals long-standing Stephen Hendry record

Ding Junhui of China looks on in his match against Barry Hawkins of England during the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on April 30, 2013
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Stephen Hendry's record of five ranking title victories in one season has been equalled by Ding Junhui following his triumph over Neil Robertson.

Ding Junhui has equalled Stephen Hendry's record of five ranking title victories in a season by beating Neil Robertson 10-5 to win the China Open.

Ding lifted the trophy for a second time, adding to his triumphs in the Shanghai Masters, Indian Open, International Championship and German Masters.

The 27-year-old built up a 7-2 lead over Robertson, before securing a best-of-19 victory by taking three of the next six frames.

Speaking after the match, the Chinese player is quoted by China Daily as saying: "Robertson showed toughness, especially during the second half. I felt energetic from the start, concentrated on restraining his performance and tried to score as many as I could, which paid off during the second.

"I suffered few turnovers in the first. I didn't play at the same level as that in the second, while trying to reduce his chances."

Ding can surpass Hendry's achievement - which stretches back to the 1991-92 campaign - when he competes in the showcase Snooker World Championship event later this month in Sheffield.

Ding Junhui of China looks on in his match against Barry Hawkins of England during the Betfair World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre on April 30, 2013
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