Ding Jun Hui today defeated Xiao Guodong 6-2 to win the China National Championship in Yixing, Jiangsu Province.
Ding, 19, survived some anxious moments en route to the final, edging Abu Laijing 5-4 on the black in the quarter-finals and Cao Xinlong, also 5-4, in the semi-finals.
China's leading player was beaten in the first round of last year's event, played only a few days after he won the UK Championship in York.
Ding, the reigning Northern Ireland Trophy champion, will be among the 19-man field for the Saga Insurance Masters at Wembley Arena later this month.
He won three gold medals at the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar last month.