Ali Carter back in world's top 16 after beating Joe Perry in World Open final


Carter’s previous ranking titles came at the 2009 Welsh Open, 2010 Shanghai Masters and 2013 German Masters

Ali Carter won his first ranking event since 2013 with victory over Joe Perry in the final of the World Open.

Carter, playing in his first major final since being given the all-clear from lung cancer in 2014, beat his fellow Englishman 10-8 in Yushan.

The 37-year-old won four frames in a row to lead 6-3 at the halfway stage.

And although Perry took the match to the penultimate frame, Carter edged home to claim a victory that moves him back into the world’s top 16.

“I have been through a lot over the last couple of years so to get back into the top 16 is a huge achievement,” said Carter.

Carter knocked out Stuart Bingham, John Higgins and Thepchaiya Un-Nooh en route to the final

Prior to being diagnosed with a tumour on his lung, Carter was given the all-clear after testicular cancer. He has also lived with Crohn’s disease for a number of years.

The Essex player returned to the professional circuit late in 2014 and won the minor-ranking Paul Hunter Classic last year.

“I’m delighted – there was so much riding on today, winning a ranking event as well as my top-16 place,” the two-time World Championship runner-up added.

“I have been focused all week and to come out the winner is very special. It has been a great week for me.”

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