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Xiao Guodong

NameDate of Birth Country
Xiao Guodong10-02-1989China

Name                                                    :  Xiao Guodong

Highest Ranking                              :  19 (February – March 2015)

Current Ranking                              :  53 (After Scottish Open 2016)

Highest Break                                   :   143 (2009 PIOS Event -6)

Century Break                                  :  102

 

Xiao Guodong (born 10 February 1989, Chongqing) is a Chinese professional snooker player and ranked as China's number 4 player, after Ding Junhui, Liang Wenbo and Zhou Yuelong. Guodong turned professional in 2007 after winning the Asian Under-21 Championships.

Career

2007–2010

He appeared as a wildcard in the 2007 China Open, and beat the then world number 50 Tom Ford 5-3, before losing 0-5 to Matthew Stevens.

In his first ranking tournament, the 2007 Grand Prix he finished 4th in his qualifying group by winning 3 out his 7 matches. In the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy he beat Leo Fernandez 5-1 and Jimmy White 5-0, before he lost to David Gilbert 2-5.

He lost his first match in the 2007 UK Championship to Kurt Maflin and to the same player in the 2008 China Open qualfiers too. In the Welsh Open he lost to fellow Chinese player Liu Song 2-5.

A victory over Munraj Pal in the 2008 World Championship qualifiers set up a match with David Roe, which he lost 5-10.

He won the Paul Hunter English Open in 2008.

In the 2009 China Open he beat Michael Holt 5–3 in the wild-card round, progressing to the first round proper where he beat fellow Chinese player Ding Junhui 5–3. He gave three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan a tough game in the next round as O'Sullivan began the match with two successive centuries before Xiao rallied to trail just 4–3, but lost the next frame to bow out of the tournament.

On 10 July 2009, on the World Snooker website, he was voted in the top 5 players to watch out for in the 2009/2010 season.

 

2015/2016 season

After having a high enough ranking to gain automatic entry into the Australian Goldfields Open (where he lost 5–3 to Ian Burns in the first round) Xiao's ranking steadily declined during the season as he could not get beyond the last 48 of any ranking event. He dropped 30 places to end it 51st in the world.

2016/2017 season

At the Riga Masters, Xiao beat Gareth Allen 4–0 and Jamie Jones and David Gilbert both 4–2 to reach his first ranking event quarter-final in two years. He lost 4–2 to Darren Morgan. 

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