China's top 5 snooker players

Starting off as a street game, snooker has attained a mass following in China. With 9 Chinese snooker players in the world top 100, it's apparent that the challenge from the East may soon be overwhelming.

The rolling list at World Snooker (www.worldsnooker.com) reflects  the increased participation of Chinese players in international tournaments, and their inexorable rise up the rankings. We picked out the top 5.

  1. Ding Junhui is the superstar of Chinese snooker, number 4 in the world and a semi-finalist in the 2011 world championship. He has already notched up 2 maximum breaks in competitions, and is the standard-bearer for the new wave of Chinese stars.
  2. Liang Wenbo announced himself in 2009 when he reached the final of the Shanghai Masters, where he lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan. Alongside Ding, he won the World Cup for China in 2011.
  3. Xiao Guodong emerged from the amateur ranks in 2007, and in 2009 was tipped as the next big thing to come out of China. He's high in the Order of Merit and next year could see his breakthrough.
  4. 21 year old Liu Chuang qualified for the main tour in 2010 and is currently based in Romford as he looks to develop his snooker career in the UK.
  5. Liu Song was one of the first Chinese players to emerge onto the world stage, and reached the Grand Prix quarter final stage in 2007. He now has a world snooker coaching badge, and he, along with Hong Kong star Marco Fu, can take credit for inspiring the new generation of Chinese snooker players.


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