One of his earliest milestones was his debut at the Crucible where he nearly won at the final and was applauded off by his opponent Willie Thorne. From there on, Hendry began setting world records.
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Some examples include becoming the youngest world champion in and earning a total of 36 world ranking titles. He also holds the most won world championships in the modern era since A year later, he emerged as the youngest competitor to be ranked number one in the UK Championships when he beat Stephen Hendry in the finals. In and he became number one in the world ranking list. His most notable victory is against Mark Selby in the finals of the China Open. He was the first from his continent to reach the final of the World Championship and has attained the world number 1 rank twice.
Currently sitting at the number 2 position with century breaks, this Chinese competitor is not to be underestimated by his European colleagues. Neil Robertson is another player outside the UK who has been gaining popularity. The Welshman had and still has a wealth of talent but for whatever reason could not translate this into sustained success. He came closest in and when he held large leads over countryman Mark Williams and qualifier Shaun Murphy respectively, only to surrender on both occasions Stevens still has a few years left in his career to make one more big effort and he advanced from the qualifiers in the English Institute of Sport this week to reach the last 32 for the first time in three years.
A nightmare couple of seasons after brought reality back into the equation, not least when he was forced to attend Ponds Forge to qualify in after dropping out of the top 16 in the world rankings. Ding has just turned 31, which in snooker terms is still quite young. There was only ever going to be one name in the top spot. However, his legacy will forever be tainted with his record at the Crucible.
Six finals, six defeats. That he contested this many — five in a row between and — is a testament to how good a player he was but a mixture of bad fortune and poor preparation led to him never adding the holy grail to his glittering collection of accolades. Some hurt more than others. Perhaps most agonising was his last chance in when, on his birthday, he missed a routine black off the spot in the decider at to allow Hendry, the bane of his career for a fourth time, in for another crushing defeat.
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