After 30 Years An Amateur, Lilley Finally Turns Pro!

Ding Junhui

  • Title

    13 ranking titles
  • Nationality

  • Turned Pro

  • Highest Tournament Break

    147 - five times
  • Location

  • D.O.B

    01 April 1987
  • Money List Earnings

  • Nickname

    The Dragon

2018/19 Results

2019 China Open Last 64

2019 Welsh Open Last 16

2019 World Grand Prix Last 16

2019 German Masters Quarter-final

2019 Masters Semi-final

2018 Scottish Open Last 16

2018 UK Championship Last 16

2018 Champion of Champions Quarter-final

2018 International Championship Last 16

2018 China Championship Last 32

2018 Shanghai Masters Semi-final

2018 Six Red World Championship Runner-up

2018 Yushan World Open Last 32

  • 13 Ranking event wins including: 2005 China Open, 2005 UK Championship, 2009 UK Championship, 2013 Shanghai Masters, 2014 China Open, 2016 Shanghai Masters
  • The Dragon fired at the 2017 Yushan World Open. He put on a superb display in the final to cast aside Kyren Wilson 10-3 and lift his 13th ranking title.
  • Ding secured an emotional win at the 2016 Shanghai Masters. In a repeat of that year’s world final, Ding this time overcame Mark Selby 10-6 to lift silverware in Shanghai for the second time. China’s number one then faced Selby at the Crucible once again, this time in the last four where he lost a classic encounter 17-15.
  • 2015/16 was an up and down season for Ding. His loss to Lee Walker at the China Open caused him to drop out of the top 16 and miss out on a straight World Championship place. However, the Chinese sensation blasted his way through qualifying and went all the way to the final at the Crucible. After defeating Martin Gould 10-8 in a tight first round contest, victories over Judd Trump and Mark Williams secured a second career Crucible semi-final.  He then put on a record breaking display, making seven centuries in a 17-11 win over Alan McManus.  Ding was denied the chance to become the first Asian to lift the world title after an 18-14 loss to Mark Selby.
  • He earned a piece of snooker history in 2013/14, as he became the only player other than Stephen Hendry to win five ranking titles in a single season.
  • The first part of Ding’s quintet came at the 2013 Shanghai Masters where he beat Xiao Guodong 10-6 in the first ever ranking final between two Chinese players. He then won the first ever ranking event staged in India, beating Aditya Mehta 5-0 in the Indian Open final. He secured a further three titles with wins over Marco Fu at the International Championship, Judd Trump at the German Masters and Neil Robertson at the China Open.
  • 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 of a major snooker tournament. Ding performed brilliantly, making a century and seven more breaks over 60 in a 10-4 victory.
  • In the same year he reached 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 and win a classic contest 17-15.
  • Ding took the 2009 UK Championships title with a magnificent 10-8 win in a tense final with John Higgins.
  • His first title came at the 2005 China Open when he delighted his fans in Beijing by coming from 4-1 down to beat Stephen Hendry 9-5 in the final. His second came later that year at the UK Championship when he beat Steve Davis in the final.
  • Ding won the World under-21 Championship at the age of 15, beating David John 11-9 in the final in Latvia.

2017/18 Results

2018 World Championship Quarter-final

2018 China Open Last 16

2018 Players Championship Quarter-final

2016 Welsh Open Last 16

2018 World Grand Prix Runner-up

2018 German Masters Quarter-final

2018 Masters Last 16

2017 Scottish Open Last 32

2017 UK Championship Last 128

2017 Champion of Champions Last 16

2017 International Championship Last 64

2017 English Open Last 64

2017 Yushan World Open Winner

2017 China Championship Last 32

2016/17 Results

2017 World Championship Semi-final

2017 China Open Quarter-final

2017 Players Championship Semi-final

2017 Gibraltar Open Last  64

2017 Welsh Open Last 128

2017 World Grand Prix Last 16

2017 Masters Quarter-final

2016 UK Championship Last 32

2016 Northern Ireland Open Last 128

2016 Champion of Champions Semi-final

2016 China Championship Last 16

2016 International Championship Finalist

2016 English Open Last 32

2016 Shanghai Masters Winner

2016 Six Red World Championship Winner

2016 World Open Last 32