Liu Chuang (snooker player)
Liu Chuang at the 2014 German Masters
June 6, 1990 |
|Highest ranking||47 (September–October, November–December 2012)|
|121 (as of 6 April 2015)|
|Highest break||139 (2012 World Championship Qualifying)|
|Best ranking finish||Last 32 (2007 China Open, 2008 World Championship, 2012 World Championship)|
|Asian Indoor Games|
Liu grew up in Liaoning province in northeast China. Near his parents' house there was a snooker table and when he was 10 he played on it and liked it a lot. His father noticed his potential, and supported him as did the person who owned that table, who became his first coach.
When he was 13, Liu travelled thousands of miles to play in southern China, where there were more professionals. There he improved and began to play competitive matches. In 2007, the chairman of the Asian Snooker Association saw his potential, and he gained a wild card in the China Open.
Liu first came to the attention of the snooker world when he was picked as a wildcard to enter the 2007 China Open. Liu was victorious over Andy Hicks, beating him 5–4. That set up a meeting with Liu's idol, Ronnie O'Sullivan; Liu lost the match 1–5.
In the 2008 World Championship he qualified for the main stage, He beat Colin Mitchell 10–0, Lee Walker 10–9 Joe Delaney 10–5, David Gray 10–5, and then Dominic Dale 10–9 to become only the fourth 17-year-old player to qualify for the Crucible after Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump. Liu was drawn to play O'Sullivan in the first round. Despite being 0–3 down, Liu came back in the first session and levelled at 4–4, before O'Sullivan eventually won the game 10–5. Liu was relegated from the Main Tour after the following season.
From the 2010/11 season, Liu is managed by Grove Leisure along with fellow Chinese players Yu Delu, Liang Wenbo, Chen Zhe, Zhang Anda and Liu Song. He practices at the Grove Academy in Romford, Essex. Judd Trump and Ronnie O'Sullivan are also members of the club.
Liu began the season ranked world number 60, meaning he would need to win three qualifying matches to reach the main stage of the ranking event tournaments. He did not achieve this until the final and biggest tournament on the snooker calendar, the World Championship. He beat Rod Lawler 10–7, Jimmy White 10–8 and Jamie Cope 10–7 to reach the Crucible for the second time in his career. Liu was one of five Asian players to make it to the event, which was a new record. He played two-time world champion Mark Williams in the first round and was beaten 6–10, to finish the season ranked number 56, inside the top 64 who automatically retain their places for the 2012/2013 season.
The 2012/2013 season proved to be less successful for Liu as he failed to qualify for any of the ranking events. He played in seven of the ten minor-ranking Players Tour Championship events with his best finish coming in the last two European Tour tournaments, where he lost in the last 32 in both. He was ranked 72nd on the PTC Order of Merit. Liu's season ended when he lost in the second round of World Championship Qualifying 9–10 to Dechawat Poomjaeng, which saw him placed world number 54 in the rankings.
Liu received first round entry into the UK Championship and Welsh Open as all 128 players on the snooker tour began at the venue stage. It was at these events where Liu won his only matches in ranking events this season. In the UK he beat Tony Drago 6–1, before losing 6–5 against Robert Milkins and at the Welsh he saw off Chen Zhe 4–2, but was then whitewashed 4–0 by Joe Perry. Chuang reached two quarter-finals in Asian Tour events during the 2013/2014 season, at the Yixing Open and Zhengzhou Open, losing 4–0 to Mark Selby and 4–2 to Liang Wenbo respectively. Chuang finished outside of the top 64 in the world rankings and would have been relegated from the tour, however, his placing of 12th on the Asian Order of Merit has seen him earn a fresh two-year card for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons by claiming the third of four spots available to non-qualified players.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Ranking[nb 1]||UR||UR||UR[nb 2]||81||92[nb 3]||UR[nb 2]||60||56||54||81[nb 4]|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 5]||Not Held||Non-ranking||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Held||WR||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||A|
|International Championship||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ|
|German Masters||Not Held||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||A|
|Indian Open||Not Held||1R||A|
|Players Championship Grand Final[nb 6]||Not Held||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ||DNQ|
|Variant Format Tournaments|
|Six-red World Championship[nb 7]||Not Held||A||A||RR||NH||A||A||A|
|Former Ranking Tournaments|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||NR||A||LQ||LQ||Not Held|
|Bahrain Championship||Not Held||LQ||Not Held|
|World Open[nb 8]||A||A||LQ||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 5]||Not Held||RR||A||A||A||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.|
- From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
- New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
- He was an amateur.
- Players qualified through Asian Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
- The event ran under the name Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
- The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
- The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
- The event run under different name as Grand Prix (2005/2006–2009/2010)
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- "Issued after the APTC2 2012" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- "Issued after the Gdynia Open 2012 (ET2)" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
- "Issued after the International Championship 2012" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Issued after the APTC3 2012" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 12 November 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
- "Issued after the UK PTC4 2012" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 15 November 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
- "Issued after the Bulgarian Open (ET4) 2012" (PDF). worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Career-total Statistics for Liu Chuang - Professional". CueTracker Snooker Results & Statistics Database. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- An email conversation with snooker starlet Liu Chuang
- "2010 Asian Under 21 Snooker Championship". Global Snooker. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
- "Official World Ranking List for the 2012/2013 Season" (PDF). Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "Liu Chuang". Snooker.org. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "Liang Survives Campbell Fight-Back". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "World Snooker Championship 2012: Williams to face O'Sullivan". BBC Sport. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
- "Liu Chuang 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
- "Order of Merit 2012/2013". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "Betfair World Championship Qualifiers". Snooker.org. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
- "Official World Snooker Ranking List For The 2013/2014 Season" (PDF). World Snooker. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Liu Chuang 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Asian Order of Merit 2013/2014". Snooker.org. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Ranking History". Snooker.org. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Liu Chuang.|
- "Official player profile of Liu Chuang". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. "Players Alphabetical" section.
- Liu Chuang at CueTracker.net: Snooker Results and Statistic Database
- Global Snooker Profile
- Pro Snooker Blog Profile