Higgins eyes Crucible triumph

05 March 2018 05:20:02 EST

John Higgins is targeting success at the World Championship in Sheffield after claiming the fifth Welsh Open title of his career.

The Scot beat Barry Hawkins 9-7 in the final in Cardiff, hitting back from 4-2 down to claim the title.

Higgins' previously triumphs in the tournament came in 2000, 2010, 2011 and 2015, while Sunday's victory was his second ranking title of the season, following his success at the Indian Open in September.

It was the 42-year-old's 30th ranking title of his career which is only two behind Ronnie O'Sullivan on the all-time list and six fewer than Stephen Hendry.

The world number five said after coming out on top against Hawkins: "I'm over the moon. It will sink in over the next couple of days. To get to 30 ranking titles is beyond my wildest dreams. Who knows how many more I can win but I have managed to win two this season.

"After losing the World Championship final last season (to Mark Selby) I got a bit down on myself in private moments, thinking it was a great chance to win.

"But now I have proved I am still capable of winning events. I haven't done that at the Masters, UK or World for seven years so that's my goal now."

Higgins is 10/1 to win the World Championship, which starts next month, while O'Sullivan can be backed at 5/2, Hawkins at 25/1 and Selby at 5/1.

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