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Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui was born on April 1, 1987, in Yixing, Jiangsu, China.

Ding began playing snooker at age nine. In 2002, aged 15, he became the youngest winner of the IBSF World Under-21 Championship. The next year (2003), Ding turned professional aged just 16. His first major professional success came in 2005 when he won the China Open beating Stephen Hendry by 9-5 in the final, just two days after turning 18. He then went on to win the 2005 UK Championship, this time beating Steve Davis by 10-6 in the final. Doing so he became the first player from outside Great Britain and Ireland to win this title.

Ding is still a young man but has already won 14 major ranking titles, including three UK Championships in 2005, 2009, and 2019.
He has also twice reached the final of the Masters, winning once in 2011.
Representing China at the Asian Games, Ding has won five gold medals in individual and team events.
In the 2013/2014 season, Ding tied Stephen Hendry’s record of winning five ranking titles in a single season.
In 2016, he became the first Asian player to reach the final of the World Championship. The same year, he won his first Six-red World Championship.

Ding has compiled more than competitive 500 century breaks, including six maximum breaks.

Ding is an attacking player. His biggest strength is his outstanding break-building and cue ball control.

Ding’s successes inspired the young generation in China and he can be credited for the extraordinary “snooker boom” in his country.

The 2019/20 was an indifferent season for Ding in general. Only three times did he fail to reach the last 32 in ranking events, but then often the last 16 round proved to be the stumbling block. Ding lost in the last 128 only twice, both times in the Home Nations series. The highlight of Ding’s season was to win the 2019 UK Championship. He beat Stephen Maguire by 10-6 in the Final. This is an event he has now won three times. The World Championship continues to elude him; he lost in the last 16 to Ronnie O’Sullivan, the eventual champion.

Ding’s record:

China Open: 2005, 2014
UK Championship: 2005, 2009, 2019
Northern Ireland Trophy: 2006
The Masters: 2011
Welsh Open: 2012
Players Tour Championship Finals: 2013
Shanghai Masters: 2013, 2016
Indian Open: 2013
International Championship: 2013
German Masters: 2014
World Open: 2017

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