Ding Junhui
Asia's most successful ever player, winner of five ranking events in 2013/14.

 

D.O.B. 01 Apr 1987

 

Lives Sheffield


 

Turned Pro 2003

 

Ranking Tournament Victories 11 - China Open 2005, 2014; UK Championship 2005, 2009; Northern Ireland Trophy 2006; Welsh Open 2012; PTC Grand Finals 2013; Shanghai Masters 2013; Indian Open 2013; International Championship 2013, German Masters 2014

 

Money list earnings 2012/13 + 2013/14: £700,671

 

Highest Tournament Break 147 - five times

 

Ding earned a piece of snooker history in 2013/14 as he became the only player other than Stephen Hendry to win five world ranking titles in a single season. The Chinese cueman's remarkable achievement saw him match Hendry's 1990/91 feat.

 

The first part of Ding's quintet came at the Shanghai Masters when he beat Xiao Guodong 10-6 in the first ever ranking final between two Chinese players. It was also the first ranking title Ding had won in China since 2005.

 

He went on to win the first ever ranking event staged in India, thrashing Aditya Mehta 5-0 in the final of the Indian Open in New Delhi. And the hat-trick was completed at the International Championship in Chengdu as Ding edged out Marco Fu 10-9 in the final, to become the first player to win three consecutive ranking titles since Hendry.

 

The new year brought more success for Ding as, in February 2014, he beat Judd Trump 9-5 in the final of the German Masters in Berlin. On to the Welsh Open and he reached the final again, though this time he was no match for Ronnie O'Sullivan, losing 9-3. However Ding was not to be denied in his quest for a fifth crown, and at the China Open in Beijing he saw off Neil Robertson 10-5.

 

"I can't tell my feelings now about winning five ranking titles this season," said Ding "With so many wins, my mindset is very different than before. I'm getting more and more experienced, playing many finals. I hope there will be more to come."

 

However, the season ended in disappointment for Ding as his bid for the title he craves most, the World Championship, ended at the first hurdle as he suffered a shock 10-9 first round defeat against Michael Wasley.

 

Ding has made five career 147s and he has set one of his ambitions as matching the record of 12 maximum breaks held by Ronnie O'Sullivan.

 

 In 2011 he won snooker's most prestigious invitation event, the Masters, for the first time. He faced Marco Fu in the first ever all-Asian final in a major snooker tournament. Ding performed brilliantly, making a century and seven more breaks over 60 in a 10-4 victory.

 

In 2011 he also got to the semi-finals at the Crucible for the first time. Ding looked favourite for the final when he led Judd Trump 15-14, only for the young Englishman to hit back to win a classic contest 17-15.

 

At the 2009 UK Championship he beat John Higgins in the final, coming from 7-6 down to win 10-8.

 

He is the youngest player ever to win three ranking titles, and the only one other than Higgins to do so before his 20th birthday.

 

His first title came at the 2005 China Open when he delighted his fans in Beijing by coming from 4-1 down to beat Hendry 9-5 in the final. His second came later that year at the UK Championship - his first major title on British soil and one which demonstrated to BBC Sport viewers the extent of his talent. It was exuberant youth against experience and wisdom at the tournament's conclusion and he comfortably got the better of Steve Davis, 30 years his senior, 10-6.

 

Ding has become one of China's most famous sportsmen, and is at the spearhead of an emerging army of Chinese players making an impact on the professional Tour.

 

Ding won the World under-21 Championship at the age of 15, beating David John 11-9 in the final in Latvia.

 

His hobbies away from snooker include swimming, badminton and watching Jackie Chan movies. He also enjoys football -and supports Manchester United. He lives in Sheffield with Chinese girlfriend Apple.