Selby Gets Off The Mark At BetVictor Northern Ireland Open

Ricky Walden

  • Title

    3 Ranking Titles
  • Nationality

    English
  • Turned Pro

    2000
  • Highest Tournament Break

    147
  • Location

    Chester
  • D.O.B

    11 November 1982
  • Money List Earnings

    £177,975
  • Nickname

    -

2018/19 Results

Walden

2018 Yushan World Open Last 16

2018 Riga Masters Quarter-final

  • 3 Ranking event wins: 2008 Shanghai Masters, 2012 Wuxi Classic, 2014 International Championship
  • Walden enjoyed a return to form in 2017/18 after injury problems had plagued his previous campaign. He reached a quarter-final at the Scottish Open and ended his season at the Crucible, where he defeated Luca Brecel before a last 16 loss to Judd Trump.
  • He endured a frustrating 2016/17 campaign, struggling to reach his usual standards. The three time ranking winner’s best performance came at the 2016 English Open where he reached the quarter-finals before losing out to Barry Hawkins. From that point on Walden struggled to find his best form and was hampered by injury problems with his back and shoulder.
  • Walden ended the 2015/16 season strongly, reaching two finals in a row, although he was unable to convert either into silverware. The Chester potter beat the likes of Stuart Bingham and John Higgins on his way to the final of the 2016 China Open. He was then denied the trophy by Judd Trump who defeated Walden 10-4.
  • In the event prior to that, the Players Championship Grand Final, Walden beat Tom Ford, Marco Fu, Ali Carter and Barry Hawkins on a run to the final. Despite leading 3-1 in the early stages against Mark Allen, it was the Northern Irishman who claimed the title with a 10-6 win.
  • Unquestionably the highlight of Walden’s 2014/15 season was victory at the International Championship. Up against Allen in the final in China, Walden made breaks of 85, 103 and 63 in the final three frames to win 10-7 and bank the £125,000 top prize.
  • Walden claimed his second ranking title at the 2012 Wuxi Classic. He defeated Stuart Bingham 10-4 in the final, despite a 147 from his opponent.
  • Having never previously won a match at the Crucible, Walden produced his finest ever showing on the World Championship stage in 2012. He knocked out Michael Holt, Robert Milkins and Michael White to reach the last four. Walden then looked set for the final when he led Barry Hawkins 6-2, but eventually lost 17-14.
  • Walden became a ranking winner for the first time in 2008 with a sensational performance at the Shanghai Masters, beating some of the game’s all-time greats to take the crown. The Chester potter knocked out Stephen Hendry, Neil Robertson, Steve Davis and Mark Selby to set up a final clash with Ronnie O’Sullivan. He played brilliantly to register one of the shocks of the season, winning 10-8.
  • Walden is a keen Liverpool fan and often visits Anfield to watch the 2005 European Champions.
  • He Married Natalie, his girlfriend since 2010, at New York City Hall in 2014.

2017/18 Results

2018 World Championship Last 16

2018 China Open Last 32

2018 Gibraltar Open Last 128

2018 Welsh Open Last 64

2018  World Grand Prix Last 32

2018 Shoot Out Last 32

2018 German Masters Last 16

2017 Scottish Open Quarter-final

2017 UK Championship Last 16

2017 Northern Ireland Open Last 16

2017 Shanghai Masters Last 128

2017 International Championship Last 32

2017 English Open Last 64

2017 European Masters Last 128

2017 Yushan World Open Last 32

2017 Indian Open Last 16

2017 Paul Hunter Classic Last 64

2017 China Championship Last 128

2017 Riga Masters Last 128

2016/17 Results

2017 World Championship Last 144

2017 China Open Last 32

2017 Gibraltar Open Last 16

2017 Shoot Out Last 64

2017 Welsh Open Last 128

2017 World Grand Prix Last 32

2017 German Masters Last 16

2016 Scottish Open Last 32

2016 UK Championship Last 32

2016 Northern Ireland Open Last 32

2016 China Championship Last 16

2016 International Championship Last 16

2016 English Open Quarter-final

2016 European Masters Last 16

2016 Shanghai Masters Last 32

2016 Paul Hunter Classic Last 32

2016 World Open Last 32

2016 Indian Open Last 64

2017 World Championship Last 144

2017 China Open Last 32

2017 Gibraltar Open Last 16

2017 Shoot Out Last 64

2017 Welsh Open Last 128

2017 World Grand Prix Last 32

2017 German Masters Last 16

2016 Scottish Open Last 32

2016 UK Championship Last 32

2016 Northern Ireland Open Last 32

2016 China Championship Last 16

2016 International Championship Last 16

2016 English Open Quarter-final

2016 European Masters Last 16

2016 Shanghai Masters Last 32

2016 Paul Hunter Classic Last 32

2016 World Open Last 32

2016 Indian Open Last 64