China’s Snooker Prodigy Ding Junhui Climbs To Third In World Rankings

by on Wednesday, November 6

Snooker pool is a cue sport that tests a player’s ability to strategize, while planning out the next possible table shot.  The game is played in a number of different tournaments around the world that rank players based on their ability to line up their shots.

Ding Junhui successfully climbed to a career-high third in the world rankings after his triumphant win against Marco Fu at the International Championship in Chengdu.

Hong Kong’s Fu led with 9-8 until Ding reclaimed the lead by winning the last two frames, with a break of 91 in the deciding match.

The 26-year-old Junhui started his snooker career when he was 13-years-old, when he took third place at an Asian invitational contest.  Junhui received the nickname of “Star of the East” by British snooker affiliates, and he’s known as a “snooker prodigy” in China for his outstanding skills at the cue sport.  Junhui has won £257,000 over the course of six weeks, and joins fellow competitors Peter Ebdon and John Parrott on nine ranking wins.

The International Championship earned Junhui a hat-trick championship title as he previously won the Shanghai Masters title back in September, and also snared last month’s Indian Open crown.  The accomplishment is remarkable as it has been 20 years since the last hat-trick title was claimed by Stephen Hendry, who won three consecutive ranking events in 1993.

The next ranking event is the UK Championship in York, which begins November 26.