In-form Neil Robertson claimed his second China Open title by hammering Jack Lisowski 11-4 in the final in Beijing.
Robertson was left as the highest-ranked played in the tournament after a glut of early casualties and the Aussie made no mistake as he landed the 16th ranking title of his career.
Having won the Welsh Open crown in February, the ‘Thunder From Down Under’ has also reached the final of the Players Championship and Tour Championship since, twice losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
His fine spell of form continued in Beijing, leaving Lisowski powerless to respond.
It’s the first time Robertson has secured three ranking titles in a single season, having also won the Riga Masters earlier in the campaign.
Robertson established a dominant position after the opening session in the final, moving 8-2 in front after the first 10 frames and leaving his opponent with an unenviable mountain to climb.
The lead was extended to 10-2 in the evening session, before his opponent tagged on a pair of frames to give the scoreline more respectability, but the Australian was never going to allow a comeback.
“I was very determined going into today. I’ve lost my last two finals and with this being my sixth final of the season, I didn’t want it to be two wins and four losses,” said Robertson.
“Playing someone like Jack Lisowski meant I had to play really well. When you know you have to play well to win, it gives you so much motivation. I was really concentrated throughout. It was probably one of my best ever performances from start to finish in an event.”
Robertson, the 2010 champion, can be backed at 6.00 to win the World Championship in Sheffield. He’s now second-favourite behind O’Sullivan at 3.50.