Stuart Bingham

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Stuart Bingham
Stuart Bingham at Snooker German Masters (DerHexer) 2013-01-30 02.jpg
Stuart Bingham at the 2013 German Masters
Born (1976-05-21) 21 May 1976 (age 38)
Basildon, Essex
Sport country  England
Nickname Ball-run
Professional 1995–
Highest ranking 4 (March 2014)[1]
Current ranking 11 (as of 30 June 2014)
Career winnings £1,114,591[2]
Highest break 147 (3 times)
Century breaks 225[3]
Tournament wins
Ranking 1
Minor-ranking 3
Non-ranking 4

Stuart Bingham (born 21 May 1976, in Basildon, Essex) is an English professional snooker player. He was the 1996 English Amateur and World Amateur champion, but for many years was something of a journeyman professional. He had a run of strong results in late 2005, to earn him a top 32 world rankings place he has yet to lose. He was the 26th player to compile 100 competitive centuries and the 8th to achieve a maximum break twice in professional matches. His biggest achievements to date are winning the 2011 Australian Goldfields Open and the 2012 Premier League. As a prolific break-builder, Bingham has compiled more than 200 century breaks during his career.[3]

Career[edit]

In 1999, Bingham reached the quarter-final stage of the Welsh Open, beating the world champion John Higgins along the way, and later in the season caused a major shock by defeating Stephen Hendry 10–7 in the first round of the 2000 World Championship, ranked a lowly 97 in the world. He also qualified for the tournament in 2002 by beating Nigel Bond. Bingham played Ken Doherty in the first round and almost made the fifth 147 break at the Crucible, but missed the final pink in an attempt that would have been worth £147,000.[4] He went on to lose the match 8–10.[5]

In the 2004/2005 season his best runs were two last-sixteen runs in ranking events, including losing in a final frame decider to Ding Junhui in the China Open.[6]

In 2005/2006, he had one of his most consistent seasons. He reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Prix tournament, beating then world champion Shaun Murphy along the way.[7] He got to the same stage of the UK Championship, losing in a final frame decider to Joe Perry.[8] He also won the qualifying tournament for the Masters, scoring a 147 break along the way.[9] He then beat Steve Davis in the preliminary round, before losing to Peter Ebdon 4–6.[10] At the start of 2006 a top 16 rankings position looked a possibility, however defeat to Ryan Day in qualifying for the World Championship ended his chances of doing so,[11] although he did move up into the top 32 for the first time.[12] 2006/2007 was not so strong, and he again failed to qualify for the World Championship, though he did achieve the unique feat of winning the Masters qualifying tournament for a second successive season, defeating Mark Selby 6–2 in the final.

He made a good start to the 2007/08 season, reaching the quarter finals of the Shanghai Masters, losing 5–0 to Mark Selby. After finishing 4th in his group in the Grand Prix he then lost his first match in the Northern Ireland Trophy. In the Maplin UK Championship he managed to reach the last 16, losing to Shaun Murphy 9–3, after victories over Fergal O'Brien and Steve Davis again. He also reached the same stage of the Welsh Open, beating Stephen Maguire 5–4, after being 3–0 down, in the last 32, but subsequently lost 5–2 to Joe Perry in the last 16. He qualified for the World Championship with a comfortable 10–3 win over Adrian Gunnell, and then he beat Steve Davis once again in the first around 10–8 (this after having led 8–3 and been pegged back at 8–8), only to lose to Joe Perry again in the second round 13–9. 2008/2009 was a comparative disappointment for Bingham, who lost his first match in four of the eight events.

Bingham was drawn against Ronnie O'Sullivan is the first round of the 2009 World Championship due to be held in April. He lost the match 10–5.

Bingham reached the Quarter final stages of the 2010 UK Championship having defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 9–6 and then Marco Fu 9–2 in previous rounds before losing 9–7 to Northern Ireland's Mark Allen. Had he won the match it would have meant him entering the top 16 in the World Rankings for the first time in his career. Later that season, Bingham qualified once again for the World Championship and beat former champion Peter Ebdon 10–8 in the first round. In the second round he went up against Ding Junhui and played well to go 12–9 up but Ding produced a great comeback to win 13–12. Had Bingham won the match, he would have ended the season ranked inside the world's top 16.

First ranking event victory[edit]

In July 2011 Bingham won the first world ranking event in his sixteen-year career, coming back from 8–5 down to beat Mark Williams 9–8 to win the Australian Goldfields Open and the $60,000 first prize. His run included a revenge 5–2 frames victory over his crucible conqueror Ding Junhui and a 5–3 victory over bitter rival Mark Allen, as well as a semi-final 6–2 win over former World Champion Shaun Murphy.

The victory also meant that Bingham, who had already finally entered the top 16 for the first time due to a quarter-final finish in the first Players Tour Championship Event, rose to a career high ranking of 11. It also guaranteed him a place in the 2012 Masters, for the first time as a member of the elite top 16, rather than as a wildcard as he was in 2005 and 2006.[13] He drew Judd Trump in the first round and held a slender 3–2 lead before losing four frames in a row to exit the tournament 3–6.[14] He could not recapture the form he showed in Australia in the remaining seven ranking events, as he failed to get past the second round in any of them, culminating in a 4–10 loss to Stephen Hendry in the first round of the World Championship.[15] Despite the defeat, Bingham finished the season ranked world number 16, the first time he has ended the year in the top 16 in his career.[16]

2012/2013[edit]

The 2012/2013 season proved to be Bingham's best year of his career to date. He won a number of tournaments during the year, including the Premier League and contested two ranking event finals.[17] Bingham won the first two tournaments he entered, beginning with the Pink Ribbon Pro-Am charity tournament where he whitewashed Peter Lines 4–0 in the final.[18] He followed this up by claiming the first Asian PTC with a 4–3 victory over Stephen Lee.[19] His extraordinary start continued at the season's first ranking event, the Wuxi Classic.[20] He won final frame deciders in each of his matches to reach the final, overcoming Peter Ebdon, Ken Doherty, world number one Mark Selby and Mark Davis.[17] In his semi-final against Davis he compiled a 134 break in the decider to reach the final.[20] He played Ricky Walden in a bid to win the first ranking event of the season for the second successive year and made the third 147 of his career in the opening session of the match.[21] This made Bingham the third man, following Stephen Hendry and John Higgins to make a maximum in a ranking final. However, it was the only frame he could win as he trailed 1–7 at the conclusion of the afternoon's play, before eventually losing 4–10.[22] This ended Bingham's winning start to the season, which had seen him take 16 matches in a row. He couldn't defend his Australian Goldfields Open title from 2011 as he squandered a 2–0 and 4–3 lead over Matthew Selt in the first round to lose 4–5.[23]

Stuart Bingham at the 2013 German Masters.

Bingham beat Tom Ford 5–4 and Jamie Cope 5–1 to make the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters, but was outplayed by Shaun Murphy in a 1–5 defeat.[17] Bingham lost in the first round of the International Championship to Aditya Mehta, but bounced back to secure the third Asian PTC title with a 4–3 victory over Li Hang in the final.[24] Bingham finished atop of Group A in the Premier League, winning all but one match (which he led 3-0 against Shaun Murphy but eventually drew 3-3) and then edged past John Higgins in the semi-finals, before winning the event by dispatching Judd Trump 7–2 in the final.[25] He won through to another quarter-final at the UK Championship but was denied 4–6 by Ali Carter.[26] Bingham then had somewhat of a mid-season slump as he lost in the first round of the Masters and the German Masters and in the second round of the World Open.[17] However, he returned to form spectacularly at the Welsh Open by reaching the final. In the semi-finals he had sneaked past defending champion Ding Junhui 6–5 with a 108 break in the deciding frame,[27] and at 7–5 ahead in the final he faced Stephen Maguire and missed a crucial shot which turned the momentum of the match in Maguire's favour, as he moved 8–7 up. Although Bingham forced a last frame decider he could not take it, to lose the match 8–9.[28] Maguire again was the victor in the quarter-finals of the China Open by winning 5–1.[17]

In the World Championship, Bingham played world number 83 Sam Baird in the first round, winning 10–2.[29] He followed this with a 13–10 win over Mark Davis to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.[30] There, he faced defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who went 7–1 ahead after the first session and then took a 12–1 lead in the second session. Although Bingham won the final three frames of the second session to prevent the match ending with a session to spare, the third session lasted just one frame, as O'Sullivan clinched a 13–4 victory.[31] He climbed 10 places in the rankings during the season to end it at world number six, his highest ever placing.[32]

2013/2014[edit]

Bingham's season began with a 5–2 defeat to Anthony Hamilton in the last 32 of the 2013 Wuxi Classic in June.[33] The following month, he lost 5–3 to Joe Perry in the last 16 of the 2013 Australian Goldfields Open.[34] In early September, he reached the semi-finals of the non-ranking 2013 Six-red World Championship, but lost 7–4 to Neil Robertson.[35] Later that month, he lost 5–1 to Kyren Wilson in the first round of the 2013 Shanghai Masters.[36] In October, he reached the last 16 of the 2013 Indian Open, where he lost 4–3 to Pankaj Advani.[37] Later that month he reached the last 16 of the 2013 International Championship, but lost 1–6 to Mark Selby.[38]

As the 2012 Premier League Snooker winner, Bingham was one of 16 players invited to compete in the 2013 Champion of Champions tournament in November. He performed impressively, defeating Ricky Walden 4–0 in the first round, Judd Trump 6–2 in the quarter-finals, and Selby 6–4 in the semi-finals before losing 8–10 in the final to O'Sullivan.[39]

Bingham followed this with a strong showing at the 2013 UK Championship. He defeated Jimmy White 6–2 in the last 64, Anthony McGill 6–2 in the last 32, and David Morris 6–1 in the last 16 to set up a quarter-final clash with O'Sullivan.[40] Even though O'Sullivan made breaks of 127 and 135 in the match, Bingham won 6–4 to book a semi-final place against Robertson, the furthest he had ever progressed in any Triple Crown event.[41] Robertson took a 5–3 lead in the first session of the semi-final, and won the first three frames of the evening session to extend his lead to 8–3. Bingham then fought back to win the next five frames, leveling the match at 8–8, but Robertson took the deciding frame to clinch a 9–8 victory.[42] At the Masters, Bingham lost 6–2 in the first round to John Higgins.[43] He reached the final of the Shoot-Out but was beaten by Dominic Dale.[44] Bingham won three matches at the Welsh Open, but then lost on the colours in the last 16 against Joe Perry to be beaten 4–3.[45] Bingham travelled to China and won the minor-ranking Dongguan Open by seeing off Liang Wenbo 4–1 in the final.[46] His form tailed off somewhat after this as he could not get past the second round of the final four ranking events, the last of which was a first round 10–5 defeat to Ken Doherty in the World Championship.[47]

Personal life[edit]

In May 2013, Bingham married his wife Michelle (née Shabi) in a ceremony held in Cyprus.[48] The couple have a son, born in 2011.[49] Bingham also has a stepdaughter.[50]

Bingham was once a keen amateur golfer, but made the decision to play less golf so that he could focus on snooker.[49]

He is also well known for his work with Amnesty International and is a strong supporter of charitable causes.[citation needed]

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 1995/
96
1996/
97
1997/
98
1998/
99
1999/
00
2000/
01
2001/
02
2002/
03
2003/
04
2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
Ranking[51][nb 1] UR[nb 2] 327 UR[nb 3] 164 93 43 44 57 43 37 37 24 23 21 21 29 17 16 6 12
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 4] Tournament Not held Non-ranking F 2R 3R
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not held W 1R 2R
Shanghai Masters Tournament Not held QF 2R 2R 2R 2R QF 1R
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 3R
International Championship Tournament Not held 1R 3R
UK Championship LQ LQ A LQ 2R 5R LQ 1R 2R LQ QF 3R 2R 1R 2R QF 1R QF SF
World Open[nb 5] LQ LQ A LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ QF RR RR LQ 1R LQ 1R 2R 2R
German Masters[nb 6] LQ LQ A NR Tournament Not held LQ 2R 1R 1R
Welsh Open LQ LQ A QF 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R 3R LQ 1R 1R 2R F 4R
Players Championship Grand Final[nb 7] Tournament Not held 2R DNQ 1R 1R
China Open[nb 8] Tournament Not held NR LQ 1R LQ LQ Not held 2R 1R 2R 1R LQ LQ 1R 2R QF WD
World Championship LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R LQ 2R 1R QF 1R
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Tournament Not Held F
The Masters LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ A 1R WR LQ LQ LQ A 1R 1R 1R
Championship League Tournament Not held RR SF RR RR RR RR RR
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 9] Not held F 2R 1R NH 1R SF
Shoot-Out Tournament Not held 3R 2R 1R F
Former ranking tournaments
Dubai Classic[nb 10] LQ LQ Tournament Not held
Malta Grand Prix Non-ranking event LQ NR Tournament Not held
Thailand Masters[nb 11] LQ LQ A LQ LQ LQ 1R NR Not held NR Tournament Not held
Scottish Open[nb 12] LQ LQ A LQ 2R LQ 1R 1R 2R Tournament Not held MR Not Held
British Open LQ LQ A LQ 3R 1R LQ LQ 1R 3R Tournament Not held
Irish Masters Non-ranking event 1R 1R LQ NH NR Tournament Not held
Malta Cup[nb 13] LQ LQ NH LQ Not held LQ LQ LQ LQ 2R 1R NR Tournament Not held
Northern Ireland Trophy Tournament Not held NR 1R 1R 1R Tournament Not held
Bahrain Championship Tournament Not held 1R Tournament Not held
Former non-ranking tournaments
Scottish Masters A A A A A LQ A A Tournament Not held
Brazil Masters Not held 1R Not held
Premier League[nb 14] A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A A W Not Held
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. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  3. ^ He was not on the Main Tour.
  4. ^ The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  5. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (1995/1996-2000/2001 and 2004/2005-2009/2010 and the LG Cup (2001/2002-2003/2004)
  6. ^ The event was called the German Open (1995/1996-1997/1998)
  7. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011-2012/2013)
  8. ^ The event was called the China International (1998/1999)
  9. ^ The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  10. ^ The event was called the Thailand Classic (1995/1996) and the Asian Classic (1996/1997)
  11. ^ The event was called the Thailand Open (1995/1996-1996/1997)
  12. ^ The event was called the International Open (1996/1997-1997/1998) and the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  13. ^ The event was called the European Open (1995/96-1996/1997, 2001/2002-2003/2004) and the Irish Open (1998/1999)
  14. ^ The event was called the European League (1996/1997)

Career finals[edit]

Ranking event finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runner-ups)[edit]

Legend
World Championship (0–0)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (1–2)
Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2011 Australian Goldfields Open Wales Williams, MarkMark Williams 9–8
Runner-up 1. 2012 Wuxi Classic England Walden, RickyRicky Walden 4–10
Runner-up 2. 2013 Welsh Open Scotland Maguire, StephenStephen Maguire 8–9

Minor-ranking event finals: 3 (3 titles)[edit]

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2012 Asian Players Tour Championship – Event 1 England Lee, StephenStephen Lee 4–3
Winner 2. 2012 Asian Players Tour Championship – Event 3 China Li Hang 4–3
Winner 3. 2014 Dongguan Open China Liang Wenbo 4–1

Non-ranking wins (4 titles)[edit]

Pro-am[edit]

Amateur[edit]

  • IBSF World Amateur Championship – 1996

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