Zhang Yong (snooker player)
Paul Hunter Classic 2017
|Born||21 July 1995|
|Highest ranking||70 (July–August 2018)|
2015 Shanghai Masters (qualifying)
|Best ranking finish||Quarter-final (2018 Snooker Shoot-Out, 2018 Gibraltar Open)|
Prior to turning professional Zhang featured in Asian Players Tour Championship events from 2012 to 2015, as well as being a semi-finalist in the 2015 ACBS Asian Snooker Championship. He made losing wildcard appearances at the 2014 Shanghai Masters and 2015 China Open.
Zhang earned a two-year professional World Snooker Tour card for the 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 seasons after his performances in the 2014/2015 Asian Tour events, with the highlight being a quarter-final appearance in the 2015 Xuzhou Open where he beat professionals Jimmy Robertson and Dechawat Poomjaeng, seeing him finish 25th on the Order of Merit.
Zhang won three matches in the early part of the 2015/2016 season, but then lost seven in a row until he beat Joe Swail 10–7 in the first round of World Championship qualifying, before losing 10–3 to Matthew Stevens. He qualified for the 2016 Indian Open, World Open and Riga Masters but was knocked out in the first round of all of them. Later in the 2016/2017 season he qualified for the German Masters by beating Mike Dunn 5–4 and Mark Davis 5–3 and he was beaten 5–3 by Stuart Bingham in the opening round. After losing in the opening round of the 2017 World Championship qualifiers to compatriot Tian Pengfei, Zhang lost his place on the tour at the end of the season due to being ranked outside of the top 64 in the world rankings.  He then entered Q School to try and regain his tour card and, after winning eight matches over the two events, he emerged as the highest placed qualifier via the Q School Order of Merit list, thus earning a new two-year professional tour card for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
Performance and rankings timelineEdit
|Ranking[nb 1]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 2]||[nb 3]||98||[nb 4]||70|
|Riga Masters||Not Held||MR||1R||LQ||3R|
|Paul Hunter Classic||Minor-Ranking Event||1R||1R||3R|
|China Championship||Tournament Not Held||NR||WD||LQ|
|European Masters||Tournament Not Held||LQ||1R||1R|
|English Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||3R||2R|
|Northern Ireland Open||Tournament Not Held||1R||2R||1R|
|Scottish Open||MR||Not Held||1R||2R||3R|
|World Grand Prix||Not Held||NR||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Players Championship[nb 5]||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Gibraltar Open||Not Held||MR||2R||QF||1R|
|Tour Championship||Tournament Not Held||DNQ|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Australian Goldfields Open||A||A||A||LQ||Not Held|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|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.|
- It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- He was an amateur.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2012/2013)
- "31st ACBS Asian Snooker Championship-2015 - Knock Out Draws (Last 32)". Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports. Archived from the original on 28 May 2015. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "31st ACBS Asian Snooker Championship 2015". cuethong.com. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "Shanghai Masters 2014: Schedule & results". BBC Sport. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2014.
- "Bank of Communications OTO Shanghai Masters (2014)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "Baic Motor China Open (2015)". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "Asian Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "Zhang Yong". Pro Snooker Blog. Retrieved 28 May 2015.
- "Asian Order of Merit 2014/2015". Snooker.org. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
- "Zhang Yong 2015/2016". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 April 2016.
- "Zhang Yong 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 April 2017.
- "Rankings 2016/2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- "Q School Order of Merit 2017". Snooker.org. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Zhang Yong.|
- Zhang Yong at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
- Zhang Yong at worldsnooker.com