Tian Pengfei

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Tian Pengfei
Tian Pengfei at Snooker German Masters (Martin Rulsch) 2014-01-30 09.jpg
German Masters 2014
Born (1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 31)
Dalian, China
Sport country China
Professional2006–2008, 2011–
Highest ranking45 (April and July 2016)[1][2]
Current ranking92 (as of 19 November 2018)
Career winnings£245,228[3]
Highest break139:
2007 World Championship (qualifying)
2007 UK Championship
2013 Wuxi Classic
Century breaks102[4]
Best ranking finishQuarter-final (2017 Northern Ireland Open, 2018 European Masters)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1

Tian Pengfei (Chinese: 田鹏飞, born 16 August 1987) is a professional snooker player from the People's Republic of China. He began his professional career by playing Challenge Tour in 2004, at the time the second-level professional tour.[5] Tian played on Main Tour in 2006 and competed on the World Snooker Tour for two seasons until he dropped off in 2008. During this period he also served a one-year ban for sexual harassment. In 2010, he won his first professional title, the Beijing International Challenge, and returned to the Main Tour the following year.

Career[edit]

Tian first competed on the Main Tour in the 2006/2007 season, dropping off the tour in the following season. During the season, Tian also received a one-year ban from China's cue sports administration,[6][7] following an investigation into allegations that he had sexually abused and beaten his fellow team-mate, Zhou Mengmeng, at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.[8]

As a wild card, Tian defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan 5–3 in the last 32 of the 2010 China Open at the Students University Stadium in Beijing. In an astonishing finish to the match, O'Sullivan missed a simple final black off its spot which would have levelled the score at 4–4. He also recorded some impressive victories in the Wuxi Classic, by beating Mark Selby 5–3 and Joe Perry 5–1, before being whitewashed 6–0 by Ding Junhui. Despite these results, he was not awarded a wild card by World Snooker to compete on the main tour.

The next professional tournament he competed in was the Beijing International Challenge. In the group stages he recorded wins over Stephen Hendry and Stephen Maguire, before beating Liang Wenbo 6–4 and Ryan Day 9–3 to win the title.[9]

2011/2012 season[edit]

Tian qualified for the 2011/2012 main tour as a semi-finalist from the second Q School event.[10] As an unranked player, Tian would need to win four matches to qualify for the main draw of the ranking event tournaments. He failed to do this throughout the season, coming closest in his first event, the Australian Goldfields Open.[11] He won his first two matches against Aditya Mehta and Anthony McGill (making three centuries in a 5–1 win) before being given a bye into the final qualifying round due to the withdrawal of Anthony Hamilton.[12] In the final round Tian lost 4–5 to Mark Davis.[13] Tian finished the year ranked world number 78, out of the top 64 who guarantee their places for the 2012/2013 season.[14] However, he was awarded the first nomination from the Chinese national governing body for a spot on the tour, guaranteeing him entry into all the ranking event qualifiers in the upcoming season.[15]

2012/2013 season[edit]

Tian could not qualify for the main draw of any of the ranking events during the season.[16] However, he had a very good season in the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship Events. At the second European Tour Event he won four matches which included a last 16 triumph over top 16 player Stuart Bingham to reach the quarter-finals, where he was whitewashed 0–4 by Neil Robertson.[16] Tian went one better at the sixth European Tour Event with wins over the likes of Jamie Burnett, Mark Davis and Martin Gould in the quarter-finals to advance to the semis. There he lost 2–4 to Mark Selby, but finished a lofty 30th on the PTC Order of Merit, just outside the top 26 who qualified for the Finals.[17][18] Tian's season ended when he was beaten 7–10 by Jimmy White in the second round of World Championship Qualifying, to finish the campaign ranked world number 70.[19][20]

2013/2014 season[edit]

In his opening match, Tian defeated Luca Brecel 5–3 to qualify for the 2013 Wuxi Classic in China where he was whitewashed 5–0 by Jack Lisowski in the first round.[21] He then lost in the qualifying rounds for three successive events, but reached the first round of the International Championship with a 6–0 thrashing of Alexander Ursenbacher.[21] He faced Mark Allen and was beaten 6–1.[22] Tian edged past Michael Wasley 5–4 to play in the German Masters, where he matched the best performance in a ranking event of his career. He saw off Andrew Higginson 5–3 in the first round and then recorded the finest result of his career so far by beating world number one Neil Robertson 5–1.[23] His last 16 match against Rod Lawler went to the colours in the deciding frame with Lawler potting the brown, blue and pink to win 5–4.[24] Tian was eliminated in the first round of the World Open by Graeme Dott and went a stage further at the China Open, but lost 5–3 against Mike Dunn.[21] He ended the season ranked world number 66, falling just short of the top 64 who remain on tour.[25] Tian entered Q School and won a two-year tour card for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 seasons in the first event, whitewashing Eden Sharav 4–0 in his final match.[26]

2014/2015 season[edit]

Tian beat Ronnie O'Sullivan 4–2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Paul Hunter Classic, where he lost 4–3 to Judd Trump from 3–2 up. He was knocked out at the same stage of the Haining City Open 4–2 by Jimmy Robertson.[27] Tian lost 6–3 in the first round of the UK Championship and won his first ranking event match of the season 4–2 against Tom Ford at the Welsh Open.[28] He was beaten 4–1 by Luca Brecel in the second round.[29] A pair of 4–1 victories set up Tian's best run in a ranking event this year at the Indian Open, but he was thrashed 4–0 by Ricky Walden in the last 16.[27]

2015/2016 season[edit]

Tian defeated Noppon Saengkham and Yu Delu both 5–1 and Matthew Stevens 5–0 to play in the final qualifying round of the 2015 Shanghai Masters, losing 5–4 to Mark Davis.[30] He eliminated reigning champion Shaun Murphy 4–1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Ruhr Open and then edged past Alan McManus and David Gilbert to progress through to his first professional final. Tian made a 106 break to trail Rory McLeod 3–2, but lost the next frame to finish as the event's runner-up.[31] Wins over Cao Yupeng and Liang Wenbo saw him reach the third round of the International Championship, where he lost 6–1 to Mark Allen.[30] He exited the UK Championship 6–2 to John Higgins in the second round.[32] Tian's final earlier in the season ensured that he made his first appearance in the PTC Finals, but he lost 4–1 to Robert Milkins in the first round.[30] At the China Open he defeated Barry Hawkins 5–4 and Michael Holt 5–2 to play Ricky Walden in the third round. Tian scored breaks of 87 and 64 to send the match into a deciding frame in which he led 41–0, but he would go on to lose.[33] Tian is still looking for his debut at the World Championship after he lost 10–7 to Hossein Vafaei in the opening round of qualifying.[30] However, his ranking rose by 34 places to end the season at a career-high 48th in the world.[34]

2016/2017 season[edit]

Tian lost 4–3 to Matthew Stevens in the second round of the Riga Masters after thrashing Allan Taylor 4–0. A string of qualifying defeats and first round exits followed until the Welsh Open in February 2017 where he overcame Chen Zhe 4–2, before losing 4–0 to Barry Hawkins in the second round.[35] Tian's deepest run of the year was at the China Open, where wins over Anthony McGill and Martin Gould took him into the last 16. He was defeated 5–3 by Judd Trump.[36]

In the World Championship Qualifiers, Tian beat compatriot Zhang Yong 10-4 before an epic match against Fergal O'Brien. In the deciding frame Tian successfully obtained three snookers before missing a difficult final pink, allowing O'Brien to win the match 10-9. That last frame took around 90 minutes and the match finished at 2:30am.

Performance and rankings timeline[edit]

Tournament 2004/
05
2005/
06
2006/
07
2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
Ranking[37][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 69 [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] [nb 4] 70 [nb 5] 82 48 50 [nb 6]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters[nb 7] Tournament Not Held MR 2R 2R 1R
World Open[nb 8] A A LQ RR A A A LQ LQ 1R NH LQ 1R LQ
Paul Hunter Classic[nb 9] Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event 1R A A
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR 1R LQ
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ LQ QF
English Open Tournament Not Held 1R 2R 1R
International Championship Not Held LQ 1R LQ 3R WR 1R 1R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 1R QF 2R
UK Championship A A LQ LQ A A A LQ LQ 2R 1R 2R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Tournament Not held MR Not held 1R 1R
German Masters Not Held A LQ LQ 3R LQ 1R LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR 1R DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A LQ 2R A A A LQ LQ 2R 2R 2R 2R 1R
Shoot-Out Tournament Not Held Variant Format Event 2R 3R
Indian Open Not Held LQ 3R NH LQ 2R LQ
Players Championship[nb 10] Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 2R 4R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held
China Open A WR LQ LQ 2R 2R 1R LQ LQ 2R LQ 3R 3R LQ
World Championship LQ A LQ LQ A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
The Masters A A LQ LQ A A A A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Malta Cup A A LQ NR Not Held
Northern Ireland Trophy NH NR 2R LQ A Not Held
Wuxi Classic[nb 11] Not Held Non-ranking LQ 1R A Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Not Held LQ LQ LQ A A Not Held
Shanghai Masters Not Held WD A 1R WR LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ LQ NR
Former non-ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic[nb 11] Tournament Not Held A A SF A Ranking Event Not Held
General Cup [nb 12] A Not Held SF NH A RR A A A Not Held
Shoot-Out Not Held A A 1R 1R A 1R 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.
  1. ^ From the 2010/2011 season it shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. ^ a b c d e He was an amateur.
  3. ^ a b New players don't have a ranking.
  4. ^ Players qualified through Chinese nomination started the season without ranking points.
  5. ^ Players qualified through Q School started the season without prize money ranking points.
  6. ^ Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
  7. ^ The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  8. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix (2004/2005–2009/2010), the World Open (2010/2011) and the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)
  9. ^ The event was called the Grand Prix Fürth (2004/2005) and the Fürth German Open (2005/2006–2006/2007)
  10. ^ The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  11. ^ a b The event was called the Jiangsu Classic (2008/2009–2009/2010)
  12. ^ The event was called the General Cup International (2004/2005–2011/2012)

Career finals[edit]

Minor-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 2015 Ruhr Open England Rory McLeod 2–4

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Opponent in the final Score
Winner 2010 Beijing International Challenge Wales Ryan Day 9–3

Amateur finals: 2 (2 title)[edit]

Outcome Year Tournament Opponent in the final Score
Winner 2005 PIOS – Event 1 England Martin Gould 6–3
Winner 2006 PIOS – Event 7 China Liu Song 6–3

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