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The final was played over four sessions, as a best of 35 frames match. The final was a repeat of the 2011 World Snooker Championship final, between John Higgins and Judd Trump, which Higgins won his fourth championship, winning 18–15. Higgins defeated Mark Davis, Stuart Bingham, Neil Robertson and David Gilbert to reach the final, whilst Trump defeated Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire and Gary Wilson. In reaching the final, Higgins is competing in his third straight world championship final, having been defeated by Mark Selby in 2017, and Mark Williams in 2018. This was also Higgins' eighth final, one short of the record held by Stephen Hendry, having won four previously in 1998, 2007, 2009 and 2011. This was Trump's second final, having only played in the 2011 defeat prior. Reports
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The first session opened with the first two frames being won by Trump, with breaks of 51 and 63. Higgins replied with a break of 139 to trail 1-2, before Trump scored a century of his own a 105 in frame 4. Brakes of 69, 34, 40 and 101 saw Higgins score 244 unanswered points and three frames on the bounce to lead 4-3. Trump tied the match at 4-4 with a fourth century in the eight frames. Post-session, Trump commented on the temperature of the arena, calling it too cold to which tournament officials denied.
Frame 9 saw Higgins score a break of 125 to move to 5-4 ahead, the third century in a row for the match. Trump won the remaining frames of the session, eight in a row, including breaks of 135 and 114. Trump finished the session leading by seven frames overnight, leading 12-5. Six time champion Steve Davis commented on the session saying "I've seen some astonishing snooker here, a lot of it from Ronnie O'Sullivan, but that was a different type of astonishing. I am a little bit in shock. He is making a lot of very difficult shots seem very easy."
The third session opened with a maximum attempt from Higgins, who potted 14 reds and blacks before running out of position for the red ball. Higgins played a full table double, but missed the following black. Higgins also won frame 19, to trail 7-12, but Trump would win the next three to extend his lead to 15-7. Higgins won the following two frames, to prevent the match from being won a session early. Frame 23 saw Trump attempt a maximum break of his own, but overcut a red ball into the middle pocket. Leading 16-9 going into the final session, Trump won the first two frames of the evening session to win 18-9. The win was the biggest margin of victory since 2009, when Higgins defeated Shaun Murphy by the same score. Popular Tweets