Pan Xiaoting

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Pan Xiaoting
Born (1982-02-25) February 25, 1982 (age 35)
Yanzhou District, Jining, Shandong, China
Sport country  China
Nickname Queen of Nine-Ball
Professional 2006—
Pan Xiaoting
Medal record
Women's pool
Representing  China
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2010 Guangzhou 9-ball individual
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha 9-ball individual
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Doha 8-ball individual

Pan Xiaoting (simplified Chinese: 潘晓婷; traditional Chinese: 潘曉婷; pinyin: Pān Xiǎotíng; born 25 February 1982 in Yanzhou District, Jining, Shandong; sometimes referred to in the Western media as Xiaoting Pan and nicknamed "Queen of Nine-Ball") is the first-ever female professional pool player from China to play full-time on the Women's Professional Billiard Association (WPBA) tour. Pan's growing list of achievements in billiards, as well as her beauty, have made her one of the most famous female athletes in her country.

Pan was named WPBA Rookie of the Year in 2006 and finished the season ranked #13. Pan won her first WPBA tournament at the 2007 Great Lakes Classic.[1] Later she won the 2007 WPA World Nine-ball Championship[2] held in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. Pan is a friendly rival of fellow Asian WPBA player Kim Ga-young; the two met in the finals of the 2007 Carolina Women's Billiard Classic, with Kim prevailing 7 to 6 in the WPBA's first all-Asian championship match.[3] Kim and Pan finished the 2007 WPBA season ranked #2 and #3, respectively, behind perennially top-ranked Allison Fisher. Pan is also a good friend of Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui. In 2008, Pan won the BCA GenerationPool.com title on the WPBA tour, and in 2010 added a WPBA major to her resume at the Tour Championships. She went undefeated in Niagara Falls that year defeating Kim Ga-young of South Korea in the semi-finals 7-6, and Karen Corr of Northern Ireland 7-4 in the final.

In December 2013, Xiaoting participated in an exhibition match against snooker ace Ronnie O'Sullivan in Yanzhou.

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Preceded by
Kim Ga-young
WPA Women's World Nine-ball Champion
2007
Succeeded by
Lin Yuan-chun