Xiao Guodung at the 2014 German Masters
|Born||February 10, 1989|
|Highest ranking||20 (November 2014–present)|
|20 (as of 15 December 2014)|
|Highest break||142 (2014 China Open)|
|Best ranking finish||Final (2013 Shanghai Masters)|
|Asian Indoor Games|
|Men's Six-red snooker|
|Asian Indoor Games|
|Gold||2009 Ho Chi Minh City||Singles|
|Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games|
Xiao Guodong (Chinese: 肖国栋; pinyin: Xiāo Guódòng, born 10 February 1989, Chongqing) is a Chinese professional snooker player, who turned professional in 2007 by winning the Asian Under-21 Championships.
In his first ranking tournament, the 2007 Grand Prix he finished 4th in his qualifying group by winning 3 out his 7 matches. In the 2007 Northern Ireland Trophy he beat Leo Fernandez 5-1 and Jimmy White 5-0, before he lost to David Gilbert 2-5.
He won the Paul Hunter English Open in 2008.
In the 2009 China Open he beat Michael Holt 5–3 in the wild-card round, progressing to the first round proper where he beat fellow Chinese player Ding Junhui 5–3. He gave three-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan a tough game in the next round as O'Sullivan began the match with two successive centuries before Xiao rallied to trail just 4–3, but lost the next frame to bow out of the tournament.
Xiao had a good season in the Players Tour Championship series of tournaments in the 2011/2012 season. He reached the quarter-finals of Event 1 and Event 6 and went one better in Event 2, where he was knocked out in the last 4 against compatriot Ding Junhui. The results ensured he reached the 2012 Finals by finishing eighteenth in the Order of Merit. He played in the Finals against the advice of doctors as he had broke a bone in his hand three weeks earlier whilst sleeping on it awkwardly, but despite this beat Dominic Dale 4–2 in the first round of the event. Xiao then pulled off the result of his career to date by defeating recent UK champion, Judd Trump 4–2 to advance to his first ever ranking event quarter-final, where he was beaten by Andrew Higginson 1–4.
Xiao could not qualify for any of the other ranking events during the season, coming closest in the UK Championship, where he lost to Tom Ford in the final qualifying round. He finished the season ranked world number 41, meaning he had risen 23 places during the year.
Xiao qualified for the Australian Goldfields Open and the German Masters during the 2012/2013 season, losing in the first round in both to Barry Hawkins and Kurt Maflin respectively. He took advantage of the new Asian Players Tour Championship events by taking part in all three of them. He had his best result in the second event by defeating the likes of Marco Fu and Barry Hawkins to reach the semi-finals, where he lost 2–4 to Stephen Lee. His performances helped him to eighth on the Asian PTC Order of Merit, high enough to qualify for the Finals. There, Xiao reached the quarter-finals for the second successive year with wins over Graeme Dott and Alfie Burden, before losing 1–4 to Neil Robertson. Xiao's season came to an end when he lost 4–10 to Jimmy White in the third round of World Championship Qualifying, but he finished the year ranked world number 37, at the time his highest position.
In his opening match of the season, Xiao defeated Andrew Norman 5–3 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he beat Peter Ebdon 5–3 in the first round and Li Hang 5–4 in the second. He then faced John Higgins in the last 16 and was whitewashed 0–5. Xiao could also not pick up a frame in the first round of the Australian Goldfields Open, as he lost 0–5 to Joe Perry. He won three matches to qualify for the Shanghai Masters and once there defeated Yuan Siyun 5–0 in the wildcard round. Xiao took advantage of a poor performance by Stephen Maguire in the first round to beat him 5–2 and then saw off Peter Lines 5–3. He continued his run to make the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time as he came back from 4–2 down to beat Mark Davis 5–4 citing afterwards his work with Terry Griffiths as being a key factor in his success. In the semis he played Michael Holt who was also making his ranking event semi-final debut and from 3–3 Xiao made a break of 111, added the next frame and then closed the match out 6–3 with a 127 break. He played Ding Junhui in a first all-Chinese ranking final and was beaten 10–6, but the runner-up's cheque of £35,500 is the highest of his career to date and he also broke into the world's top 32 for the first time.
His second quarter-final appearance of the season came at the German Masters but he lost 5–2 to Ryan Day. Xiao's rise up the world rankings meant he only needed to win one match to reach the World Championship and he did so in emphatic fashion by thrashing Li Yan 10–1. In Xiao's debut in the event he rallied from 4–1 down against Ali Carter to end the first session 5–4 behind, but went on to lose 10–8. Xiao's rise up the rankings continued as he ended the campaign as the world number 23, an increase of 14 spots from the start of the season.
At the Australian Goldfields Open, Xiao recorded wins over Liam Highfield, Peter Ebdon and Matthew Stevens to reach the semi-finals of a ranking event for the second time, where Judd Trump defeated him 6–3.
Performance and rankings timeline
|Rankings[nb 1]||UR||UR||UR[nb 2]||84[nb 3]||UR[nb 2]||74||64||41||37||23|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Not Held||Non-Ranking||LQ||3R||1R|
|Australian Goldfields Open||Not Held||LQ||1R||1R||SF|
|Shanghai Masters||Not Held||1R||WR||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||F||LQ|
|International Championship||Not Held||LQ||2R||3R|
|German Masters||Not Held||LQ||LQ||1R||QF|
|Indian Open||Not Held||LQ|
|Players Championship Grand Final[nb 5]||Not Held||DNQ||QF||QF||DNQ|
|Variant format tournaments|
|Former ranking tournaments|
|Northern Ireland Trophy||NR||A||LQ||A||Not Held|
|World Open[nb 6]||A||A||LQ||A||LQ||LQ||LQ||LQ||1R||NH|
|Former non-ranking tournaments|
|Wuxi Classic[nb 4]||Not Held||A||A||1R||A||Ranking|
|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.
- 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 run under different name as Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010)
Ranking event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)
|World Championship (0–0)|
|UK Championship (0–0)|
|Outcome||No.||Year||Championship||Opponent in the final||Score|
|Runner-up||1.||2013||Shanghai Masters||Junhui, DingDing Junhui||6–10|
- ACBS Asian Under-21 Championship, 2007
- Chinese National Championship, 2011
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Xiao Guodong.|
- Profile on World Snooker
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- Profile on Global Snooker
- Profile on Pro Snooker Blog