|Date Of Birth||01/04/1987 (32)|
|Place Of Birth||Yixing , China|
|Group Stage||Michael Georgiou||W||4-2||-|
|Group Finals||Shaun Murphy||L||3-6||25.00 secs|
13 Ranking event wins including: 2005 China Open, 2005 UK Championship, 2009 UK Championship, 2013 Shanghai Masters, 2014 China Open, 2016 Shanghai Masters
The Dragon fired at the 2017 Yushan World Open. He put on a superb display in the final to cast aside Kyren Wilson 10-3 and lift his 13th ranking title.
Ding secured an emotional win at the 2016 Shanghai Masters. In a repeat of that year’s world final, Ding this time overcame Mark Selby 10-6 to lift silverware in Shanghai for the second time. China’s number one then faced Selby at the Crucible once again, this time in the last four where he lost a classic encounter 17-15.
2015/16 was an up and down season for Ding. His loss to Lee Walker at the China Open caused him to drop out of the top 16 and miss out on a straight World Championship place. However, the Chinese sensation blasted his way through qualifying and went all the way to the final at the Crucible. After defeating Martin Gould 10-8 in a tight first round contest, victories over Judd Trump and Mark Williams secured a second career Crucible semi-final. He then put on a record breaking display, making seven centuries in a 17-11 win over Alan McManus. Ding was denied the chance to become the first Asian to lift the world title after an 18-14 loss to Mark Selby.
He earned a piece of snooker history in 2013/14, as he became the only player other than Stephen Hendry to win five ranking titles in a single season.
The first part of Ding’s quintet came at the 2013 Shanghai Masters where he beat Xiao Guodong 10-6 in the first ever ranking final between two Chinese players. He then won the first ever ranking event staged in India, beating Aditya Mehta 5-0 in the Indian Open final. He secured a further three titles with wins over Marco Fu at the International Championship, Judd Trump at the German Masters and Neil Robertson at the China Open.
In 2011 he won snooker’s most prestigious invitation event, the Masters, for the first time. He faced Marco Fu in the first ever all-Asian final of a major snooker tournament. Ding performed brilliantly, making a century and seven more breaks over 60 in a 10-4 victory.
In the same year he reached the semi-finals at the Crucible for the first time. Ding looked favourite for the final when he led Judd Trump 15-14, only for the young Englishman to hit back and win a classic contest 17-15.
Ding took the 2009 UK Championships title with a magnificent 10-8 win in a tense final with John Higgins.
His first title came at the 2005 China Open when he delighted his fans in Beijing by coming from 4-1 down to beat Stephen Hendry 9-5 in the final. His second came later that year at the UK Championship when he beat Steve Davis in the final.
Ding won the World under-21 Championship at the age of 15, beating David John 11-9 in the final in Latvia.