Wilson knocked out Joe Perry and Mark Allen at the Crucible
Kyren Wilson’s status as one of snooker’s most promising young talents was underlined by a rise of 40 places on the world ranking list during the 2015/16 season.
Analysis of movement up the list over the past year shows that Kettering’s 24-year-old Wilson made the most significant jump, climbing from 56th to 16th.
The player nicknamed the Warrior won his first ranking title at the Shanghai Masters, beating Judd Trump 10-9 in a dramatic final. He also reached the quarter-finals of the World Championship, and despite a 13-8 defeat against Mark Selby at the Crucible, Wilson vowed: “I will win this event in the future without a doubt. I completely believe in myself.”
Martin Gould also made an impressive leap from 26th to 15th, having won his first ranking title at the German Masters.
Two ranking titles helped Higgins regain a place in the top eight
Within the top 16, the biggest climber was John Higgins, who rose from 13th to 6th. The Scot won two world ranking titles, at the Australian Goldfields Open and International Championship, as he regained a place in the top eight.
Mark Allen started the season in 12th spot and finished it 7th, thanks largely to victory at the Players Championship in March, his first ranking event triumph on British soil.
Judd Trump, winner of the China Open, climbed from 7th to 3rd, behind Stuart Bingham and World Champion Mark Selby, who finished the season at number one for the fifth consecutive year.
China’s Liang Wenbo started the 2015/16 campaign in 22nd place and moved into the top 16 after reaching the final of the UK Championship, though he finished in 17th spot. David Gilbert’s career-best run to the International Championship final helped him ascend 13 places to 22nd.
Belgium’s 21-year-old Luca Brecel is already well on his way to becoming the most successful ever player from continental Europe. He reached his first ranking final in February at the German Masters and although he lost to Martin Gould, he climbed 14 places during the season to 30th.
Un-Nooh won the non-ranking Six-Red world title as well as producing some fine results in ranking events
Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh may remember the 2015/16 season for twice missing the final black when set for a 147, but he also jumped 16 places to 33rd, thanks partly to a run to the semi-finals of the International Championship.
Other significant climbers were:
Jack Lisowski – reached the last 32 of four ranking events. Climbed from 53rd to 39th
Tom Ford – runner-up at the Riga Open. Climbed from 59th to 43rd.
Sam Baird – reached the last 16 of the World Championship. Climbed from 72nd to 46th
Tian Pengfei – runner-up at the Ruhr Open. Climbed from 82nd to 48th
Rory Mcleod – won the Ruhr Open. Climbed from 62nd to 49th
Zhou Yuelong – reached the last 16 of two events. Climbed from 75th to 54th
David Grace – reached the semi-finals of the UK Championship. Climbed from 111th to 60th
Oliver Lines – reached the last 16 of two events. Climbed from 78th to 61st
Ian Burns – Paul Hunter Classic quarter-finalist. Climbed from 89th to 62nd