Chinese superstar was beaten by Mark Selby in the final of last year’s World Snooker Championship
DING JUNHUI is looking to win his first World Snooker Championship at the Crucible.
The Chinese superstar is among the favourites to take home the coveted trophy in Sheffield.
Here is everything you need to know about the 30-year-old and his incredible journey to the top of global snooker.
Who is Ding Junhui and where does he come from?
Ding Junhui was born in Yixing, Jiangsu, China.
He has been playing snooker since he was eight years old, when his father took him to a local pool hall to play alongside a professional player.
His dad went to the toilet and incredibly returned to find the young Ding had beaten the professional player in a match.
A year later, Ding’s father convinced his mother to sell their home and their grocery business and move to Guangzhou so he could focus on his snooker career.
When he turned 11, Ding left school to practise snooker eight hours a day.
How did Ding Junhui make it to the top of the game?
Ding rose to prominence in 2002 when he won the Asian Under-21 Championship and the Asian Championship at the age of just 15.
He also became the youngest ever winner of the IBSF World Under-21 Championship.
A year later he turned professional and in 2004 he received a wildcard entry to the Masters, where he beat world number 16 Joe Perry.
What are Ding Junhui’s biggest achievements in snooker?
Ding Junhui has won two of snooker’s three biggest events and only needs to add the World Snooker Championship to achieve the triple crown.
In 2005 he beat Steve Davis at the age of just 18 to become the first player from outside the UK to win the UK Championship.
And he added a second title when he triumphed over John Higgins in 2009.
The Masters followed in 2011 when he comprehensively beat Hong Kong’s Marco Fu in the final.
Last year he got to the final of the World Snooker Championship but was beaten 18-14 by Mark Selby.
He is currently ranked number 6 in the world and was previously world number 1 in December 2014.
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