STUART BINGHAM was happy to sharpen up for his world title defence with a ranking event unanswered points record at the China Open.
Ball Run scored 547 without reply in his round one 5-3 win over Sam Baird to break the previous best of 494 by John Higgins, which came against Ronnie O'Sullivan.
And despite a 5-1 quarter-final defeat to Ricky Walden, the world No 2 returned from Beijing feeling he had taken what he needed from the event.
Bingham, who also hit the tournament's highest break with 143, said: "Ricky got a bye in an earlier round and I think he might have been a bit fresher than me by the time we played. I also felt like the table beat me a bit because it played very differently that day.
"And I have had my battles with Ricky over the years - I tend to win one then he wins one, so I guess it was just his turn!