Northern Ireland left-hander Mark Allen hopes to use his Masters victory as a stepping stone to further success in the coming years.
Allen claimed his first-ever Triple Crown title by seeing off Kyren Wilson 10-7 at Alexandra Palace, having previously come closest in 2011 when he lost out to Judd Trump in the final of the UK Championship.
And he has high hopes that he can take his game on in the future to become a regular contender at the big events.
He told the official World Snooker website: "It has been a long time coming and I was never sure it was going to come to be honest. I have knocked on the door for so long, but now I can say I have won a Triple Crown title.
"Now that I've done it, hopefully this is a stepping stone to bigger and better things."
Allen will hope his latest success can help him improve on a dismal recent record in the World Championship.
Having reached the semi-finals at the Crucible in 2009 and the quarter-finals in each of the following two years, Allen has not been beyond the second round in six further attempts.
Allen is now priced at 1212/1 to win the World Championship, with defending champion Mark Selby available at 1212/1 and four-time winner John Higgins 8/13.
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