Ding Junhui Player Profile
Ding Junhui Stats Date of birth: 1 April, 1987 Nationality: China First turned professional: 2003 Highest ranking: 1 Ranking titles: 14 Triple Crown titles: 4 Crucible best: runner-up Masters appearances: 17 147 breaks: 6
By the time a 15-year Ding Junhui won the IBSF World Championship in 2002, there was already plenty of excitement regarding his future standing in the game.
It didn’t take long for the young superstar to make his mark on the professional scene, sensationally capturing the China Open in front of an exuberant home crowd on his 18th birthday in 2005.
Half a year later, Ding was the UK champion and by the time he won the Northern Ireland Open in 2006 he had already taken the scalps of Stephen Hendry, Steve Davis, and Ronnie O’Sullivan in ranking event finals.
The teenager’s success instigated an incredible boom of popularity for snooker in China, making Ding one of the most integral figures for the sport this century.
But with his popularity came enormous pressure to produce on the biggest stages.
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After suffering a bruising defeat to O’Sullivan in the final of the 2007 Masters, Ding has been on an emotional rollercoaster while enduring numerous peaks and troughs during his career.
The highs have been high – notably an amazing 2013/14 season in which he captured five ranking titles ahead of claiming top spot in the world rankings for the first time.
Ding also triumphed in the 2011 Masters and twice more in the UK Championship, most recently in 2019.
But the lows have equally been low – very low – as he has struggled with consistency and with lofty expectations from his adoring fans to land the biggest prize of them all at the Crucible Theatre.
Ding came closest to bagging that elusive World Championship glory in 2016 when he emerged as a qualifier with a run to the final, only to be denied by Mark Selby.
Ahead of the 2022/2023 campaign, Ding had plummeted outside the top 16 after a dismal streak of form but at 35 still has time on his side.
One thing is for certain, his legacy as the player who opened the floodgates in terms of the Chinese wave in snooker is undeniable.
Ranking Event Victories
- 2005 China Open
- 2005 UK Championship
- 2006 Northern Ireland Trophy
- 2009 UK Championship
- 2012 Welsh Open
- 2013 PTC Grand Finals
- 2013 Shanghai Masters
- 2013 Indian Open
- 2013 International Championship
- 2014 German Masters
- 2014 Chian Open
- 2016 Shanghai Masters
- 2017 World Open
- 2019 UK Championship
Other Notable Victories
- The Masters (2011)
- Minor ranking events (2010 PTC Event 5, 2012 Scottish Open, 2014 Yixing Open, 2015 Haining Open)
- Championship League (2012)
- Six Red World Championship (2016)
- World Cup (2011, 2017)
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Ding Junhui Player Profile
SHQ Stars: How it works
|Rating||SHQ Stars||Career 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|