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Liang Wenbo

NameDate of Birth Country
Liang Wenbo05-03-1987China

 Name                                   :                               Liang Wenbo

Highest Ranking                  :                               11 (October 2016-February 2017)

Current Ranking                 :                               13 (After Coral Wales Open 2017)

Highest Break                      :                               147 (2008 Behrain Championship Qualifying)

Century Breaks                   :                               188

Liang Wenbo (born 5 March 1987 in Zhaodong, Suihua, Heilongjiang) is a Chinese professional snooker player. He is left-handed and currently ranked as China's number 2 player after Ding Junhui. Liang is based at the Grove Snooker Academy in Romford, England, United Kingdom.

2004/2005

During the 2004/05 snooker season, he began his professional career playing on the Challenge Tour, the tier below the World Snooker Association Main Tour. He finished a lowly 104th out of 168 competitors, having only accumulated 2150 points.

2005/2006

Despite not qualifying for the Main Tour directly, Liang received a wildcard nomination to the Main Tour; this was because he won the 2005 IBSF World Under-21 Championship and also because not all of the players that were eligible for the Main Tour took their places. In his first ranking tournament, the Grand Prix, Liang lost in the first qualifying round to Rory McLeod 2–5. In the next ranking event, the UK Championship, he fared better, nearly whitewashing Alfred Burden in the first qualifying round 9–1 and subsequently losing in the second qualifying round to Marcus Campbell by the narrowest of margins, 8–9.

It was to be at the Welsh Open where Liang would qualify for his first ranking event, beating Sean Storey, Jamie Burnett and Rory McLeod to get into the main draw. He beat Nigel Bond in the first round of the main draw 5–0. His run was halted by Graeme Dott, Liang losing 3–5.

However at the Malta he lost in the first qualifying round to Paul Davies 3–5. At the China Open he beat David McDonnell and Matthew Couch before losing against Adrian Gunnell 3–5 in the third qualifying round. He ended the season falling at the first hurdle at the World Championship, losing to Joe Delaney 5–10 in the first qualifying round. He ended his debut season on the professional tour ranked 78th on the tour, a position which did not guarantee a place in next season's tour; however he had finished inside the top 8 of the one year list which qualified him for a place in next season's main tour.

 

 

 

2006/2007

During the 2006/07 season, Liang reached at least the second round of qualifying in every ranking event. At the Northern Ireland Trophy he beat Robert Stephen 5–0 before falling to David Gilbert 0–5 in qualifying. However, at the Grand Prix, Liang came top of his qualifying group, above more experienced players such as Gerard Greene and Barry Pinches. He finishing fourth in the group, and although he did not qualify for the next round, he did beat former world champion and world number one Stephen Hendry 3–0. At the UK Championship, he lost in the second round of qualifying to Jamie Burnett 7–9. In the following ranking event, the Malta Cup, he lost to Joe Jogia 3–5, again in the second round of qualifying. He qualified for his third ranking tournament, at the Welsh Open by beating Dene O'Kane, Joe Jogia and Mark Davis. In the Last 48, he met Nigel Bond again, this time he lost only 3–5.

He continued his run of reaching the second round of qualifying in every ranking tournament at the China Open, beating Robert Stephen before losing to Finland's Robin Hull. At the World Championship he beat Jeff Cundy before losing to Mike Dunn. After a modest season, he improved on his tour ranking by finishing in 66th place, just outside the top 64; he topped the one year ranking list to ensure his place on the WSA Tour for next season. 

2016/2017

Ronnie O'Sullivan narrowly beat Liang 5–4 in the first round of the Shanghai Masters. He won five matches at the English Open, which included a 4–3 second round victory over Shaun Murphy, to reach the semi-finals. From 4–3 down Liang made breaks of 134 and 138 and Stuart Bingham made a 116 to lock the score at 5–5. Liang took the decider and then ended Judd Trump's 14-match winning streak in the final to win his maiden ranking title 9–6. He became the second player from mainland China to win a ranking event and thanked O'Sullivan, who he practices with daily for his help. The win also gave him entry to his first Champion of Champions where he lost 4–0 in the opening round to Mark Selby. Liang was beaten 5–4 in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Open by Yu Delu. He missed the final black to eliminate O'Sullivan 6–4 in the opening round of the Masters, instead going on to lose 6–5.

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