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Liang Wenbo

  • Title

    2016 English Open champion
  • Nationality

    Chinese
  • Turned Pro

    2004
  • Highest Tournament Break

    147 Three times
  • Location

    Hei Longjiang, China
  • D.O.B

    25 March 1987
  • Money List Earnings

    £138,000
  • Nickname

    The Firecracker

Ranking titles: One (2016 English Open)

Career highlights:

2005: Wins the World Under-21 Championship.
2008: Makes his first official 147. Reaches the quarter-finals of the World Championship, beating Ken Doherty and Joe Swail at the Crucible before losing to Ronnie O’Sullivan.
2009: Reaches his first ranking final at the Shanghai Masters before being denied the title by Ronnie O’Sullivan.
2011: Wins the World Cup for China alongside Ding Junhui, beating Northern Ireland in the final.
2013: Wins an Asian Tour event, the Zhengzhou Open, beating Lyu Haotian in the final.
2015: Reaches the final of the UK Championship in York before losing to Neil Robertson.
2016: Wins his first ranking title at the English Open in Manchester, beating Judd Trump 9-6 in the final. Becomes the only Chinese player other than Ding Junhui to win a ranking title.
2017: Partners Ding to World Cup glory for the second time as they beat England in the final in Wuxi. Climbs to number 11 in the world.
2018: Makes a 147 in a match against Rod Lawler at World Championship qualifying. Amazingly, two frames later he gets to 140 before missing the final black, squandering the chance to become the first player to make two maximums in the same match.
2019: Reaches the World Cup final for the third time, this time alongside Zhou Yuelong, but they lose to Scotland.