Zhao Xintong player profile
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Zhao Xintong – Player Profile, Career Summary, Stats

Zhao Xintong Player Profile

DOB: 3 Apr, 1997Nationality: ChinaFirst Turned Pro: 2016
Highest Ranking: 6Ranking Titles: 2147 Breaks: 0

SHQ Stars: ★★★★


Summary

Zhao Xintong first turned professional in 2016 at the age of 19, but he was making a name for himself long before that.

In 2012, he beat former world champion Ken Doherty in the wildcard round of the International Championship.

A year later, he repeated the trick by upsetting Steve Davis with a resounding 6-1 scoreline.

Around this time, Zhao was establishing himself as one of the leading international amateurs, twice losing in the final of the IBSF World Amateur Championship.

But after turning professional, the player known as Cyclone initially found it difficult to adapt to the Main Tour.

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Like most Chinese players, he was forced to leave home at a young age and establish a new life for himself in the UK.

Examples of his true potential were fleeting, but his momentum drastically changed at the 2021 UK Championship.

Beating the likes of John Higgins, Jack Lisowski, and Barry Hawkins en route the final, Zhao claimed a sensational maiden crown by overcoming Luca Brecel in the title decider.

Two months later, Zhao proved that his major triumph was no fluke by thrashing compatriot and close friend Yan Bingtao 9-0 in the German Masters final.

The brace of victories helped Zhao to a career-high world ranking of number six.

At just 25 heading into the 2022/23 snooker season, he seems set to be a regular force in the sport for years to come.


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Ranking Event Victories

  1. 2021 UK Championship
  2. 2022 German Masters

Other Notable Victories

  • Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (2017)
  • Macau Masters (2018)

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Zhao Xintong Player Profile


SHQ Stars: How it works

RatingSHQ StarsCareer Requirements
Black★★★★★★★multiple world champion; 30+ ranking titles; career triple crown; world no.1 (at least 3)
Pink★★★★★★world champion; 10+ ranking titles; multiple winner of triple crown events; member of top 2; 15+ seasons in top 16 (at least 3)
Blue★★★★★winner of triple crown event; 5+ ranking titles; member of top 4; 12+ seasons in top 16 (at least 2)
Brown★★★★2+ ranking titles; member of top 8; triple crown event finalist; 8+ seasons in the top 16 (at least 2)
Green★★★ranking title; member of top 16 (at least 1)
Yellow★★member of top 64
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