The 2008 Shanghai Masters and 2012 Wuxi Classic champion

 

D.O.B. 11 Nov 1982

 

Lives Chester

 

Turned Pro 2000

 

Ranking Tournament Victories 2 - Shanghai Masters 2008, Wuxi Classic 2012

 

World Snooker Tour prize money 2011/12 + 2012/13 seasons (ranking events / PTCs only) £255,056

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - PTC event 2011

 

Walden's 2012/13 season was bookended by superb displays in the Wuxi Classic and the World Championship.

 

At the former he beat Stuart Bingham 10-4 in the final - despite a 147 from his opponent - to win his second ranking title. Both of his crowns have come in China.

 

"It's great to play out in China, the game's getting bigger and bigger over here," said Walden.  "There's going to be more and more tournaments over here, if you can learn to win in China then it's a good thing because the tournaments are slightly different than they are in the UK. I'm just looking forward to playing, I'm enjoying my snooker at the moment."

 

Walden experienced a dip in form in the middle of the season but bounced back with a fine run to the World semi-finals. He had never previously won a match at the Crucible but proved his ability to thrive on the big stage by knocking out Michael Holt, Robert Milkins and Michael White. And he looked set for the final when he led Barry Hawkins 6-2, but eventually lost 17-14.

 


"I've got to the semi-finals of the World, I have done the semi-finals of the UK and won a couple of ranking events so I am not too far away. I am improving and getting better. I will sit down over the next couple of days and look at things but at the moment things are just a bit sore," said Walden.

 

Undoubtedly the highlight of his 2011/12 season was a run to the semi-finals of the williamhill.com UK Championship. At the Barbican Centre in York he knocked out Stephen Lee and former World Champions Mark Williams and Shaun Murphy to reach the last four. He looked on course for the final when he led Mark Allen 5-3, but Allen fought back to win 9-7.

 

The 2008 Shanghai Masters will live forever in the memory of Walden as it gave him his first ranking title.

 

And the talented Chester-based potter did it the hard way, dispatching snooker legends and rising stars alike on his way to the trophy. Walden knocked out Stephen Hendry, Neil Robertson, Steve Davis and Mark Selby to set up a final clash with world No 1 Ronnie O'Sullivan, then played brilliantly to register one of the shocks of the season with a 10-8 victory.

 

"I'm thrilled to bits to win my first tournament," said Walden. "I hope I can go on and achieve more now. I want to get into the top 16 and win more tournaments."

 

Walden is a keen Liverpool fan and often visits Anfield to watch the 2005 European champions. He enjoys travelling and frequently flies to Las Vegas with his friends. He has also become an enthusiastic long distance runner and took part in the New York Marathon in 2009.