Mei Xiwen (born October 8, 1982) is a Chinese professional snooker player.

Mei Xiwen
Mei Xiwen PHC 2016-1.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1982-10-08) October 8, 1982 (age 37)
Sport country China
Professional2009/2010, 2016–
Highest ranking67 (October 2019)
Current ranking 64 (as of 16 December 2019)
Career winnings£115,012
Highest break140:
2018 UK Championship
Century breaks31
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (2019 English Open)

CareerEdit

Mei made his debut on the Main Tour in the 2009/2010 season, as the ACBS Asian nomination, playing his first match at the 2009 Grand Prix. He lost 5–0 to Patrick Wallace, and was defeated in his next two matches, in the UK Championship and the Welsh Open, to Atthasit Mahitthi and Stephen Rowlings respectively. Mei recorded his first win as a professional in the 2010 China Open, where he beat Noppadol Sangnil 5–4, having trailed 4–2, but lost in the next round, 5–1 to Robert Milkins. After losing in qualifying for the 2010 World Championship to David Morris, Mei finished the season ranked 89th, and was relegated from the tour thereafter.[1]

Mei received a wildcard entry in to the 2010 Shanghai Masters and beat Mike Dunn 5–1, before losing 5–2 to Mark Selby. He also played in the wildcard round of the China Open and lost 5–3 to Marcus Campbell, as well as being unsuccessful at Q School.[2] Over the next five seasons he only played in Asian Tour events and whilst he never made it beyond the fourth round, he did record wins over experienced players such as Mark Davis, Mark King and Xiao Guodong.[3]

In 2016, Mei was given the Chinese nomination for a two-year professional tour place starting with the 2016/2017 season.[4] In qualifying for the 2016 Shanghai Masters, Mei defeated Sanderson Lam 5–2, Gary Wilson 5–3, Dominic Dale 5–1 and Graeme Dott 5–0 to reach the televised stages in Shanghai.[5] At the venue, he beat two-time world champion Mark Williams 5–3 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in his career. He faced Ryan Day for a place in the quarter-finals, with Day pulling away from 2–2 to win 5–2.[6] Mei defeated Jack Lisowski 6–5 and Martin Gould 6–3 at the UK Championship and then lost 6–4 to Marco Fu. He reached the last 16 of the Welsh Open with victories over Matthew Selt, Peter Ebdon and Mark Allen, but was beaten 4–2 by Robert Milkins.[5]

In 2019, Mei reached quarter-final in English open after defeating Ronnie O'Sullivan in round of last 16. His opponent in quarter-final was eventual winner Mark Selby, who beat Mei 3-5.

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2006/
07
2009/
10
2010/
11
2012/
13
2013/
14
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
Ranking[7] [nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 1] [nb 2] 70 [nb 3] 69
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters Tournament Not Held A LQ 1R 3R
International Championship Not Held A A LQ 1R LQ LQ
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ 2R LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 3R QF
World Open[nb 4] A LQ A A A A LQ 2R 1R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 3R 2R 2R
UK Championship A LQ A A A 3R 1R 2R 2R
Scottish Open Not Held MR NH 3R 2R 1R 2R
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ 1R LQ LQ
German Masters Not Held A A A LQ 2R LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A LQ A A A 4R 1R 2R
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 2R
Players Championship[nb 5] Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open 1R LQ WR A A LQ LQ 2R
World Championship A LQ A A A LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Haining Open Tournament Not Held 1R QF QF 3R
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 6] NH Non-Ranking A A Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held A A Not Held
Shanghai Masters A WD 1R A A 2R 3R Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic Pro-am Minor-Ranking 3R A A NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held A A LQ 1R 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 1R 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 now a ranking event
  1. ^ a b c d He was an amateur.
  2. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
  4. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (2006/2007–2009/2010)
  5. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  6. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2009/2010)

Career finalsEdit

Amateur finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2009 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship   James Wattana 3–7

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Mei Xiwen 2009/2010". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Mei Xiwen 2010/2011". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  3. ^ "Mei Xiwen All Available". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  4. ^ "Tour Players 2016/2017" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Mei Xiwen 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Ding reaches quarterfinals, Mei out". CRJ English. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit