Top 5 Asian Snooker Players

Top 5 Asian Snooker Players

Asian snooker is getting more popular and more importantly better quality-wise. They did have great players in the past, like Junhui and Fu. However, a new, possibly even better generation has started to emerge lately. When we’ve created our list, we’ve payed attention to the world rankings and achievements in the past. However, the potential is also important. 

According to Betway, the betting site can accurately predict the outcome of the most important snooker tournaments. Therefore, we’ve used their odds as well to pick the 5 best Asian snooker players. Here’s the result.

Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui is currently the most successful Asian player in the history of snooker. He started playing as a child and already started his professional career at the age of 16. Two years later he’s already won the UK Championship. That has made him the first non-British player to win the title. By now he’s already won a World Open and an International Championship. Online sportsbook sites in China believe that he’s the most likely Asian player to win the tournament. He’s also ranked as the 8th best snooker player in the world according to the Snooker World Rankings. Junhui is definitely an Asian snooker legend.

Marco Fu

Marco Fu is our second-best Asian player. He’s current ranking as the 17th best snooker player in the world. This puts him below Junhui and above the rest in the continent. Fu – nicknamed as the Pride of Hong Kong – is also the oldest player in our list, he’s 41. The veteran has started his long professional career in 1998. Since then he’s won the World Open in 2007 (then called Grand Prix). Fu was also runner up in the 2008 UK Championship, 2011 Masters and the 2013 International Championship.

Yan Bingtao

Yan Bingtao is a true wonderkid! He was only 14 when he’s won the Amateur World Snooker Championship. This makes him the youngest ever winner of the tournament. He’s still only 18, He’s definitely the best young Asian snooker player at the moment. By now, his career winnings reach £300,000 – not bad for a 18 years old. He took a year off in 2016, but in 2017 he’s become the youngest ever finalist of a ranking tournament at the Northern Ireland Open. If he keeps on performing, we believe he could chase the legendary Junhui. Until then, he takes the 3rd place on our list.

Xiao Guodong

Guodong came in limelight after winning the Asian Under-21 Championships in 2007. He’s never won a major title, but he was runner-up at the 2013 Shanghai Masters and the 2017 Shoot-Out. He’s reached the quarter-finals at the last World Open, which puts him amongst the best players in the world.

Lyu Haotian

As we’re going through the top 5 best Asian snooker players, we must mention Lyu Haotian. He’s one for the future. He started his pro career at 14. At the same age, he’s reached the quarter-finals of the 2012 International Championship. In the 2017-18 season, he’s reached the last-16 of the World Championship, UK Championship and China Open. He hasn’t managed to win any major titles yet, but he’s only 21. He definitely has time to climb this list.

Snooker Asia

Source - Betway

Posted Aug 19, 2020
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