On August 23, at the end of the 2021 snooker UK open, Ding Junhui, a high-profile Chinese billiards player, dropped from eighth to tenth in the latest ranking.
Note: R1 is the world ranking at the end of last season
Ding Junhui, known as "genius", won the Asian championship at the age of 15. Before the age of 20, he has won three ranking competitions. He is the first Chinese to be selected into the snooker Hall of fame and the first Asian player to rank first in the world. Ding Junhui's achievements in the snooker competition have not been surpassed so far. He has become a banner of China's snooker, It's toto's first brother in China.
Because of Ding Junhui, more and more Chinese people recognize the charm of snooker and begin to pay attention to snooker events. Also because of Ding Junhui, the development momentum of China's snooker has become more and more prosperous, leading Chinese athletes such as Yan bingtao, Zhou Yuelong and Zhao Xintong to emerge and shine on the battlefield of World Snooker. It can be said that Ding Junhui is the leader of snooker in China.
However, in recent years, Ding Junhui's performance has been unsatisfactory. Now he is 34 years old, he is facing the crisis of world ranking decline again. How to maintain the position of top 10 may be the most important thing he should think about at present.
Although for athletes, the increase of age has an impact on their physical and psychological state, many veterans are still active in snooker. Mark Williams, the winner of the British Open, is 46 years old, and O'Sullivan, the winner of the World Championships last year, was nearly 45 years old when he won the championship, which is enough to show that Ding Junhui is not old in snooker.
In addition, many years of good achievements and long-term exposure to various auras and voices will inevitably produce psychological pressure. It seems that the psychological changes after marriage and having children are all factors affecting their play.
On the other hand, Ding Junhui has opened his own snooker college outside the field, hoping to help himself and more young Chinese athletes improve their competitive level in this way. Perhaps his own focus has shifted, resulting in unsatisfactory competition results in recent times.
But anyway, Ding Junhui has won 14 championship trophies in ranking competitions. Even if he retires now, he is also the greatest snooker player in China and even Asia. Of course, we also expect Ding Junhui to adjust his state, bring us more wonderful games and continue to lead Chinese snooker to the world!
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