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Liang Wenbo

The Grove first welcomed Liang Wenbo in its team of players in December 2011.
Wenbo left the Grove temporarily at the end of 2015 but returned at the start of the 2018/19 season.
Wenbo said “I had many success with Grove in the past, got to the final of the UK and win his first tournament after that. I lost focus last year and I believe that with the coaching and back up i have with Grove in the coming years i can start winning again. I like the coaching and facilities used in Grove and Django understands my needs more than anyone”
Django Fung was very happy to welcome him back and said: ” Wenbo is a great talent, works hard and he is a great asset to the team. We will work hard in the mental side and i hope Wenbo will compete at the very top level again. “

Wenbo has been on the Main Tour since 2005/2006, after winning the 2005 IBSF World Under-21 Championship at the age of 18.

Wenbo won the World Cup in Bangkok in July 2011 with his compatriot, Ding Junhui. Wenbo has also experienced success at the Asian Games, winning a gold medal in both Doha in 2006 and Guangzhou in 2010. His best performance to date in a World Snooker ranking event was in reaching the final of the Roewe Shanghai Masters in September 2009. He has made one 147 break, at the Bahrain Snooker Championship qualifiers against Martin Gould in October 2008.

The 2013/14 season saw Wenbo getting more successful again after a couple of quieter years. I July 2013, he reached the final of the World Games, losing to Aditya Mehta. He had an excellent season in the Asian Tour events by reaching the semi-finals of the Zhangjiagang Open 2013 and at claiming his first individual title on the World Snooker Tour by winning the Zhengzhou Open 2013. He then made the final again in the Dongguan Open 2014. In full ranking events, Wenbo was not quite so successful but still reached the last 16 in the Indian Open 2013, in the German Masters 2014 and in the Welsh Open 2014. His best result in a full ranking event was the quarter finals in the International Championship, beating Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Davis en route.

Wenbo in action in the last 32 of the Welsh Open 2014 - he beat Shaun Murphy

The 2014/15 season wasn’t the best for Wenbo but he nevertheless finished it ranked 22 mainly because he was consistent, reaching the last 16 for times and the last 32 five times. His best result was a semi final in the German Masters 2015.

In 2015/16 Wenbo results improved massively: he reached the final of the six-reds World Championship and the final of the UK Championship.

The next season, in 2016/17 he won his first ranking event: the English Open 2016 and also reached the semi finals of the World Grand Prix 2017 and the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Open 2016.

In 2017/18 however he lost his way a bit, suffering a number of early exits and not going past the last 16 in any ranking event.

2018/19 was even worse for Liang who didn’t past round three in any event, and failed to qualify for the Crucible. As a result he finished the season ranked 41.

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Liang Wenbo’s record:

2011 World Cup – winner with Ding Junhui)
2016 English Open

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