Snooker: China's Yan Bingtao wins Masters title on debut
Profile picture of Yan Bingtao. /CFP

Profile picture of Yan Bingtao. /CFP

China's Yan Bingtao fought back to beat Scotland's John Higgins 10-8 and become the youngest Masters champion in 26 years behind closed doors on Sunday.

The 20-year-old was making his debut at the event. He is a year older than Ronnie O'Sullivan was when the "Rocket" beat Higgins to win his first Masters in 1995.

Yan has become the second player from China to have won the Triple Crown title after Ding Junhui. 

It was world number 11 Yan's first major trophy as he added the title to the Riga Open ranking event he won last season.

Having fallen behind 5-3 and 7-5, Yan rallied to lead 8-7 and, after Higgins leveled, went on to triumph and deny his 45-year-old opponent a third Masters title.

Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic restrictions, this was the first Masters final without spectators in the event's history.

(With input from Reuters)

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