2017 Snooker Hong Kong Masters Press Conference

Ding Junhui

  • Title

    12 ranking titles
  • Nationality

    Chinese
  • Turned Pro

    2003
  • Highest Tournament Break

    147 - five times
  • Location

    Sheffield
  • D.O.B

    01 April 1987
  • Money List Earnings

    £510,950
  • Nickname

    The Dragon

Recent ResultsDing

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

  • 12 Ranking event wins including: 2005 China Open, 2005 UK Championship, 2009 UK Championship, 2013 Shanghai Masters, 2014 China Open, 2016 Shanghai Masters
  • 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.