It's been four years since Mark Williams last appeared in a ranking tournament final - far too long for a player of his class.
Williams has been solid all week and seems to have rediscovered his self confidence after returning to the elite top 16 having dropped out two years ago.
He has won five ranking titles in Asia, including the China Open in 2002 and 2006.
But Ding Junhui will be tough to beat. The 23 year-old Chinese is appearing in his third ranking event final from the five tournaments staged so far this season.
There would be no more popular winner in China. He looks completely in control, match sharp and relaxed and is playing well enough to emulate his 2005 Beijing triumph.
Ding is up against one of modern snooker's toughest ever match players but, if he stays positive, can outlast Williams today.
Win or lose, a huge viewing audience in China is guaranteed.
NB: The final session is live on Eurosport 2.