China’s Zhao Xintong beats Luca Brecel to claim UK Snooker Championship

The 24-year-old beats the Belgian 10-5 at the York BarbicanChina now holds two of three ‘triple crown’ snooker titles

Zhao Xintong compleed a 10-5 win over Luca Brecel to claim the UK Championship crown in York. The manner of his win over Brecel suggested many more major titles could flow his way.

Zhao’s victory means China currently holds two of three ‘triple crown’ titles, after Yan Bingtao’s Masters triumph last year - and hinted at a seismic shift in the sport’s balance of power. Zhao and Brecel had ripped up the established order in their respective semi-finals, Brecel beating Kyren Wilson, while Zhaos has beaten Barry Hawkins.

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