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Ben Mertens (born 13 October 2004) is a Belgian snooker player. He won the World Open Under-16 Snooker Championships in 2018.

Ben Mertens
Born (2004-10-13) 13 October 2004 (age 15)
Sport country Belgium
Career winnings£1,100
Highest break126:
2019 Q School – Event 1
Century breaks1
Best ranking finishLast 64 (2018 Paul Hunter Classic, 2019 Snooker Shoot-Out)

CareerEdit

Ben Mertens is from Wetteren. When he was 12 years old, he reached the 2nd round of the 2017 EBSA European Under-18 Snooker Championship. At the 2018 EBSA European Under-18 Snooker Championship he got to the quarter finals, where he lost from the later champion Jackson Page.

He won the Belgian U18 championship in 2018.[1] In August 2018 he played in a professional ranking tournament for the first time, and beat Adam Stefanow in the first round of the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic.[2]

In October 2018, when he was thirteen years old, he won the World Open Under-16 Snooker Championships, becoming the first male Belgian snooker world champion (Wendy Jans is a multiple winner of the senior women's world championship).[2]

In January 2019, he defeated Michael White, then ranked #36 in the world, at a snooker tournament in Bruges.[3]

At the 2019 Snooker Shoot-Out, a ranking tournament for which he got a wild card, he beat James Wattana in the first round.[4]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
Ranking[5][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters A A A
International Championship A A A
China Championship A A A
English Open A A
World Open A A
Northern Ireland Open A A
UK Championship A A
Scottish Open A A
European Masters A A
German Masters A LQ
World Grand Prix DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A
Shoot-Out A 2R
Players Championship DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open A A
Tour Championship NH DNQ
China Open A A
World Championship A A
Non-ranking tournaments
Paul Hunter Classic Rank. Event 1R
Former ranking tournaments
Paul Hunter Classic LQ 2R NR
Indian Open A A NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Held means an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Event means an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Event means an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Event means an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. ^ It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c He was an amateur.

Career finalsEdit

Amateur finals: 1 (1 title)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2018 World Open Under-16 Snooker Championships   Aaron Hill 4–3

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "België heeft een wereldkampioen snooker: Ben Mertens (13) wint WK U16". Sporza.be. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b Luysterborg, Peter (6 October 2018). "België heeft voor het eerst een wereldkampioen snooker: Ben Mertens, amper 13 (!), wint bloedstollende finale". Het Laatste Nieuws. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Veertienjarig snookertalent Ben Mertens zet Michael White een hak op Pro-Am snooker". Het Nieuwsblad. Belga. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Teenager Ben Mertens stuns James Wattana at Snooker Shoot Out in Watford". Sky Sports. 22 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

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