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Ding wins third consecutive ranking title

ESPN staff
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Ding Junhui made it three ranking titles in a row after beating Marco Fu 10-9 in the final of the International Championship in Chengdu.

Fu led 9-8 before Ding turned things around by winning the last two frames, with a break of 91 in the decider.

The win saw Ding add to his Shanghai Masters title from September and last month's Indian Open crown. It makes him the first man since Stephen Hendry in 1993 to win three ranking events on the spin.

The showdown between Ding, of China, and Hong Kong's Fu was also the third all-Asian ranking final in a row. Ding conquered compatriot Xiao Guodong in Shanghai, and beat India's Aditya Mehta in New Delhi.

Ding moves up to a career-high third in the world rankings and joins Peter Ebdon and John Parrott on nine ranking wins.

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