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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 April, 2004, 21:12 GMT 22:12 UK
White ends title drought
Jimmy White
Jimmy White picked up a first prize of 82,500
Jimmy White won his first ranking title for 12 years by beating Paul Hunter 9-7 in the Players Championship final.

White produced a superb performance in the evening session, winning four successive frames to go 8-5 ahead.

Hunter rallied to pull it back to 8-7 but White was not to be denied and won the 16th frame 74-8 to take the title.

In a cagey match, the highest break by either player was 76 by White and there were no breaks over 50 in any of the first nine frames.

The Whirlwind's reward for his remarkable return from the wilderness was a first prize of 82,500.

He is also expected to rise to 10th in the provisional world rankings having arrived at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in danger of losing his top-16 status.

I've always kept believing and I knew in my heart I had it
Jimmy White
White, runner-up to Stephen Maguire at the European Open, also became the eighth different winner of a tournament this season.

"I can't express in words what it means. I just told myself to keep punching out there," White said.

"I've always kept believing and I knew in my heart I had it. But I'm delighted to get it out of my system.

"Neither of us played well in that first session but I accepted that it was okay to be 4-4 with Hunter at the interval.

"In fact, I was prepared for it to go 8-8 even though I didn't want it to get that far because I could have won 9-6.

"But it's got my name on the trophy and that's all that matters."





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