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Ten Facts About Lu Ning

China’s Lu Ning is through to the quarter-finals of the Betway UK Championship for the first time and faces Joe Perry tonight. Here are ten thing you may not have known about the world number 40…

He was born on January 1st, 1994 in Jilin in the north-east of China.

Lu began watching and playing snooker when Ding Junhui started winning tournaments. In 2007, Lu’s father took him to Shanghai to visit Ding’s father. Impressed by the youngster’s ability, Ding’s father provided free coaching for Lu.

In 2013 he won the World Under-21 Championship, beating Zhou Yuelong 9-4 in the final in Beijing.

Lu is now based at the Ding Junhui Snooker Academy in Sheffield, not far from the Crucible, and practises regularly with three-time UK Champion Ding.

His parents run and manage one of Ding’s snooker clubs in China.

He lives with eight other Chinese players in shared accommodation in Sheffield.

His favourite restaurant in Sheffield is called Noodle Doodle, serving Chinese and Malaysian food.

Lu’s cue is made by John Parris and has recently been altered – to good effect!

He has made seven centuries so far in this tournament – only Neil Robertson has made as many.

He has reached just one ranking event semi-final, at the 2019 Gibraltar Open.