Stuart Bingham hungry for more after 16-year title wait

Stuart Bingham
Bingham was world amateur champion in 1996

Essex's Stuart Bingham has spoken of his hunger for more ranking title victories, after ending a 16-year wait with his win at the Australian Open.

The 35-year-old from Basildon to clinch his maiden crown on Sunday.

"I've been a pro 16 years and I've been chasing a ranking title all that time," he told BBC Essex.

"Now I've done it I don't want to stop, I don't want to wait 16 years for another title."

The victory could be a major breakthrough for Bingham, whose previous best performances had been quarter-final appearances at the Welsh Open, Grand Prix, UK Championship and Shanghai Masters, and sees him move up to 12th in the world rankings.

"For the last year my game's been improving. I've been working with a new coach," he explained.

"Everything's clicking, especially off the table - my fiance is 35 weeks pregnant, everything's happy and it's showing in my game.

"I've always had the enthusiasm. If there's a tournament in Europe, I'll be going there trying to nick the first prize.

"With Barry Hearn in the game there's tournaments almost ever week and I think everyone's playing a little bit better, especially me."