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Xiao Guodong (Chinese: 肖国栋, born 10 February 1989) is a Chinese professional snooker player. Xiao turned professional in 2007 after winning the Asian Under-21 Championships.

Xiao Guodong
Xiao Guodong PHC 2016-3.jpg
Paul Hunter Classic 2016
Born (1989-02-10) 10 February 1989 (age 30)
Sport country China
NicknameX-Factor, Longshot Xiao
Professional2007/2008, 2009–
Highest ranking19 (February–March 2015)[1][2]
Current ranking 23 (as of 30 September 2019)
Career winnings£605,069
Highest break143:
2009 PIOS Event 6
Century breaks150
Best ranking finishRunner-up (2013 Shanghai Masters, 2017 Shoot-Out)
Xiao Guodong
Simplified Chinese肖国栋
Traditional Chinese蕭國棟



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 qualifiers 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.[3]

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.

2011/2012 seasonEdit

Xiao had a good season in the Players Tour Championship series of tournaments in the 2011/2012 season. He reached the quarter-finals of Event 1 and Event 6 and went one better in Event 2, where he was knocked out in the last 4 against compatriot Ding Junhui. The results ensured he reached the 2012 Finals by finishing eighteenth in the Order of Merit.[4] He played in the Finals against the advice of doctors as he had broke a bone in his hand three weeks earlier whilst sleeping on it awkwardly, but despite this beat Dominic Dale 4–2 in the first round of the event.[5][6] Xiao then pulled off the result of his career to date by defeating recent UK champion, Judd Trump 4–2 to advance to his first ever ranking event quarter-final, where he was beaten by Andrew Higginson 1–4.[5][7]

Xiao could not qualify for any of the other ranking events during the season, coming closest in the UK Championship, where he lost to Tom Ford in the final qualifying round.[7] He finished the season ranked world number 41, meaning he had risen 23 places during the year.[8]

2012/2013 seasonEdit

2013 German Masters

Xiao qualified for the Australian Goldfields Open and the German Masters during the 2012/2013 season, losing in the first round in both to Barry Hawkins and Kurt Maflin respectively.[9] He took advantage of the new Asian Players Tour Championship events by taking part in all three of them. He had his best result in the second event by defeating the likes of Marco Fu and Barry Hawkins to reach the semi-finals, where he lost 2–4 to Stephen Lee.[9] His performances helped him to eighth on the Asian PTC Order of Merit, high enough to qualify for the Finals.[10] There, Xiao reached the quarter-finals for the second successive year with wins over Graeme Dott and Alfie Burden, before losing 1–4 to Neil Robertson.[11] Xiao's season came to an end when he lost 4–10 to Jimmy White in the third round of World Championship Qualifying, but he finished the year ranked world number 37, at the time his highest position.[12][13]

2013/2014 seasonEdit

In his opening match of the season, Xiao defeated Andrew Norman 5–3 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he beat Peter Ebdon 5–3 in the first round and Li Hang 5–4 in the second.[14] He then faced John Higgins in the last 16 and was whitewashed 0–5.[15] Xiao could also not pick up a frame in the first round of the Australian Goldfields Open, as he lost 0–5 to Joe Perry.[14] He won three matches to qualify for the Shanghai Masters and once there defeated Yuan Siyun 5–0 in the wildcard round.[14] Xiao took advantage of a poor performance by Stephen Maguire in the first round to beat him 5–2 and then saw off Peter Lines 5–3.[16] He continued his run to make the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time as he came back from 4–2 down to beat Mark Davis 5–4 citing afterwards his work with Terry Griffiths as being a key factor in his success.[17] In the semis he played Michael Holt who was also making his ranking event semi-final debut and from 3–3 Xiao made a break of 111, added the next frame and then closed the match out 6–3 with a 127 break.[18] He played Ding Junhui in a first all-Chinese ranking final and was beaten 10–6, but the runner-up's cheque of £35,500 is the highest of his career to date and he also broke into the world's top 32 for the first time.[19]

His second quarter-final appearance of the season came at the German Masters but he lost 5–2 to Ryan Day.[20] Xiao's rise up the world rankings meant he only needed to win one match to reach the World Championship and he did so in emphatic fashion by thrashing Li Yan 10–1.[21] In Xiao's debut in the event he rallied from 4–1 down against Ali Carter to end the first session 5–4 behind, but went on to lose 10–8.[22] Xiao's rise up the rankings continued as he ended the campaign as the world number 23, an increase of 14 spots from the start of the season.[23]

2014/2015 seasonEdit

2015 German Masters

At the Australian Goldfields Open, Xiao recorded wins over Liam Highfield, Peter Ebdon and Matthew Stevens to reach the semi-finals of a ranking event for the second time, where Judd Trump defeated him 6–3.[24][25] He beat Eden Sharav and Noppon Saengkham at the International Championship, but lost 6–4 to Robert Milkins in the third round and was knocked out by the same scoreline in the second round of the UK Championship against Matthew Selt.[26] After edging Highfield 5–4 in the first round of the German Masters, Xiao was thrashed 5–0 by Neil Robertson.[27] Xiao won five matches at the Shoot-Out, the tournament where every match is decided by one ten-minute frame, to reach the final. Xiao lost the lead with just six seconds remaining against Michael White.[28] He progressed through to the final qualifying round of the World Championship and his match against Jimmy Robertson went into a deciding frame which Robertson won on the final pink.[29]

2015/2016 seasonEdit

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.[30] He dropped 30 places to end it 51st in the world.[31]

2016/2017 seasonEdit

2016 Paul Hunter Classic

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. Xiao defeated Michael Holt 4–1, Noppon Saengkham 4–0 and Neil Robertson 4–3 at the English Open, before being eliminated 4–3 by Chris Wakelin in the fourth round. During his second round match with Shaun Murphy at the Scottish Open, Xiao made a 132 break, the 100th century of his career and went on to win 4–1. He lost by a reversal of this scoreline to Mark Davis in the subsequent round.[32] This was the first year that the Shoot-Out, the tournament where every match is settled by a 10-minute frame played under a shot clock, had its status upgraded to a ranking event. In his quarter-final match with David Gilbert, Xiao ran out of time when potting a yellow but the foul was not picked up by the referee.[33] He won the match and reached the final of the event for the second time and lost by 67–19 points to Anthony McGill.[34] Three comfortable victories saw Xiao qualify for the World Championship and he beat Ryan Day 10–4 in round one, before losing 13–6 to Mark Selby.[35][36][37]

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournaments 2004/
Rankings[38][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 4] [nb 5] [nb 4] 74 64 41 37 23 21 51 39 25 25
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 6] Tournament Not Held Minor-Rank. QF 1R 1R 2R
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ 2R 3R 1R 1R 2R 2R 2R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 1R 2R 2R
English Open Tournament Not Held 4R 4R 1R 4R
World Open[nb 7] A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R Not Held 2R 2R QF
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R 3R 3R
UK Championship A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R 2R 2R 2R 4R 3R
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held MR Not Held 3R QF 1R
European Masters Tournament Not Held A LQ WD
German Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 1R QF 2R LQ LQ QF 2R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ QF SF
Welsh Open A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ 3R 2R 1R 1R 1R 1R
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Non-Ranking Event F 2R 2R
Players Championship[nb 8] Tournament Not Held DNQ QF QF DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR A A A
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open 1R LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ 1R 2R 1R
World Championship A A LQ A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters Not Held Ranking Event 1R 2R
The Masters A A LQ A A A A A A A A A A A
Championship League Not Held A A A A A A A 2R A A A RR
Former ranking tournaments
Northern Ireland Trophy NR A LQ A Tournament Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 9] Not Held Non-Ranking LQ 3R 1R Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held LQ 1R 1R SF 1R Not Held
Shanghai Masters Not Held 1R WR LQ LQ LQ LQ F LQ LQ LQ 1R Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 10] Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event 2R A 2R NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held LQ A NH 2R LQ WD NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 9] Not Held A A 1R A Ranking Event Tournament Not Held
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held 1R Ranking Event
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held A 1R 1R 2R F 2R Ranking Event
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. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ He was an amateur.
  3. ^ He was an amateur.
  4. ^ a b New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  5. ^ He was an amateur.
  6. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  7. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010), the World Open (2010/2011) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  8. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  9. ^ a b The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  10. ^ The event was called the Fürth German Open (2006/2007)

Career finalsEdit

Ranking finals: 2 (2 runners-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2013 Shanghai Masters   Ding Junhui 6–10 [19]
Runner-up 2. 2017 Snooker Shoot-Out   Anthony McGill 0–1 [39]

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Runner-up 1. 2015 Snooker Shoot-Out   Michael White 0–1 [40]

Pro-am finals: 3 (3 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2008 Paul Hunter English Open   Ben Woollaston 6–2
Winner 2. 2009 Asian Indoor Games   Liang Wenbo 5–2
Winner 3. 2013 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games   Amir Sarkhosh 5–4

Amateur finals: 4 (4 titles)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score Ref.
Winner 1. 2007 Asian Under-21 Amateur Championship   Chinnakrit Yoawansiri 6–2 [41]
Winner 2. 2008 PIOS – Event 2   Noppadol Sangnil 6–5
Winner 3. 2009 PIOS – Event 7   Jack Lisowski 6–0
Winner 4. 2011 China Snooker Tour Finals   Chen Feilong 5–0 [42]


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