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Yuan Sijun (born 29 May 2000 in Nanchang) is a Chinese snooker player.

Yuan Sijun
Born (2000-05-29) 29 May 2000 (age 19)
Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
Sport country China
Professional2017–
Highest ranking48 (September 2019)
Current ranking 48 (as of 30 September 2019)
Career winnings£117,462
Highest break137:
2019 Indian Open
Century breaks24
Best ranking finishSemi-final (2019 Gibraltar Open)

CareerEdit

Yuan started to play snooker at the age of 10 and played as a wildcard in many professional tournaments between ages of 13 and 16. Yuan first drew attention in 2016 when, at the age of 15, he defeated world number 13 Martin Gould in a 5–0 whitewash in the opening round of the 2016 China Open before losing 2–5 to Graeme Dott.[1][2][3]. Remarkably, when he again faced Martin Gould in the 2016 Shanghai Masters in October 2016, he produced the same result, a 5-0 win.

In 2015, Yuan entered the 2015 ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship where he reached the final, but lost eventually to Akani Songsermsawad. Two years later, Yuan once again made it to the final, where he defeated Fan Zhengyi 6–2 to win the Asian Under-21 Championship; as a result, he was given a two-year card on the professional World Snooker Tour for the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 seasons. Yuan began the 2017/2018 as the youngest player on the professional tour.

2017/2018 seasonEdit

Yuan's first match as a professional was a narrow loss to Oliver Lines in the 2017 Riga Masters qualifiers on 31 May 2017, two days after his 17th birthday.[4] His first win was a 4–2 defeat of Allan Taylor in the European Masters qualifiers.[5]. Yuan's best wins were 4-1 against Joe Perry in the English Open (which included two centuries), and 5-4 against Shaun Murphy in the Shanghai Masters. In the World Championship, he beat Fergal O'Brien 10-5, before losing 10-9 to Matthew Stevens, despite leading 9-7 and missing several chances to win. In total Yuan managed only 8 wins in his first season, and ended the season ranked 92.

2018/2019 seasonEdit

With wins over Ricky Walden, Alexander Ursenbacher, Ding Junhui and Mark King, Yuan reached his first quarter-final at the China Championship, before losing to World No.1 Mark Selby. For the next few months, he progressed steadily, beating the likes of Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson. In the German Masters, he beat 4-time World Champion John Higgins 5-4 on the final black, somewhat controversially as the cue-ball appeared to touch the rest (a foul stroke) after the players had shaken hands.

Yuan's solid results in the first half of the 2018/19 season lifted him into the top-32 on the 1-year rankings, thus qualifying for the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham. He beat World Champion Mark Williams 4-3 and Stephen Maguire 4-2 to reach his second quarter-final, losing to flatmate Xiao Guodong 5-4. He attracted praise from commentators Jimmy White, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Hendry, who described him as 'the best 18-year old since Ronnie O'Sullivan'.

PersonalEdit

At the start of the 2018/2019 season, Yuan Sijun moved to Darlington and is based at the Q House Academy, managed by Chusak Phetmalaikul.

Performance and rankings timelineEdit

Tournament 2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
Ranking[6][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 71 53
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters NH MR A LQ LQ 2R
International Championship WR A A 1R LQ 3R 1R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ QF 1R
English Open Tournament Not Held A 3R 3R 2R
World Open 1R Not Held A LQ 1R LQ
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held A 2R 2R
UK Championship A A A A 1R 1R
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held A 1R 3R
European Masters Tournament Not Held A 1R 1R
German Masters A A A A LQ 2R
World Grand Prix NH NR DNQ DNQ DNQ QF
Welsh Open A A A A 1R 2R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event A 1R 1R
Players Championship DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Not Held MR A 1R SF
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ
China Open WR WR 2R A 1R 1R
World Championship A A A A LQ LQ
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship A A RR 3R A A
Former ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters WR WR WR 1R 1R Non-Rank.
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event A WD WD NR
Indian Open A A NH A LQ 2R 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 d He was an amateur.
  3. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.

Career finalsEdit

Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2015 Asian Under-21 Championship   Sunny Akani 4–6
Winner 1. 2017 Asian Under-21 Championship   Fan Zhengyi 6–2

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Martin Gould thrashed by 15-year-old schoolboy Yuan Sijun at China Open". The Guardian. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  2. ^ "China Open: Martin Gould beaten by Chinese schoolboy Yuan Sijun". BBC Sport. 29 March 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Schoolboy Yuan Sijun, 15, stuns world No.13 Martin Gould at China Open". ESPN. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Riga Masters 2017 Qualifiers". Snooker.org. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 1 June 2017.
  5. ^ "European Masters 2017 Qualifiers". Snooker.org. 4 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.

External linksEdit