Chinese snooker”back wave” struck
Source:People’s Daily Online-People’s Daily Overseas Edition
Yan Bingtao in the competition.
Continuously break through four levels and win the trophy-recently, at the Snooker Masters Tournament in the UK , 20-year-old Chinese player Yan Bingtao won the championship with strong opponents and reached a new peak in his career.
Standing in the spotlight, the storm that this”post-00″ teenager has set off is enough to make the snooker world admire:surpass Ding Junhui and become the youngest”master” in China; shoulder to shoulderO’Sullivan, became the youngest champion of the Masters in 25 years… The time and challenge belonging to Yan Bingtao has just begun, the”back wave” of Chinese snooker How strong can it be? People will wait and see.
Win the championship of the”Three Big Games” for the first time
As one of the”Three Big Games” of snooker, only the top 16 players in the world can get the”Invitation Letter” of the event. Although this year’s Masters was moved out of London and held empty due to the epidemic, the gold content and star flavor of the competition remained the same.
With his impressive performance since last season, Yan Bingtao made his debut in the Masters with a world ranking of 11, and thus embarked on a magical journey. In the first scene, against the world’s second-ranked Australian star Robertson, Yan Bingtao pulled 3 games in a row after falling behind 3:5, and staged a reversal. Then he faced Maguire and Bingham, Yan Bingtao fought fiercely with their opponents to a 5:5 tie, and won in the deciding game; the final was against a veteran who was two rounds older than his own Higgins, Yan Bingtao suddenly exerted his strength at the critical moment of the 8:8 level, and finally had the last laugh.
“Very complete and perfect.” Yan Bingtao said of his performance,”I won the 16 players in the end and gained a lot of confidence and positive energy.”
p > In 4 games, 3 of them reached the deciding game. Yan Bingtao’s championship was thrilling and very convincing. Huge potential, mature mentality, and a calm”big heart” have won him praises from many world famous players.
“At such a young age, he has won brilliant achievements. There is no doubt that he is expected to become a world champion.” Higgins used”young and mature” to describe this star of hope in the football world. A few years ago, Higgins also commented that Yan Bingtao reminded him of the famous snooker in his youth Steve Davis.
Maguire also said that Yan Bingtao is young but already outstanding in defense. He believes that Yan Bingtao’s world ranking will soon rise to the top eight.
“Rocket” O’Sullivan also said:”We not only see the emergence of a new champion, he may also be a player who will win many championships in the future.”
Robertson said:”Yan Bingtao is 20 years old this year, but he has the experience that some people only have at the age of 40. He has the temperament that he should have:desire, hard work, and determination to win the championship. It is true that these qualities can be seen in young players. It’s a good thing.”
The first show is to win the championship. In the”Champion Club” of the Masters, a group of star-studded names are welcoming Yan Bingtao to join-Hendry, John Spencer, Mark·Selby……
Mind casts a calm style of play
Snooker It is a sport of”natural pride”, but Yan Bingtao’s experience of practicing snooker when he was young was full of embarrassment and hardship.
At the age of 9, Yan Bingtao left his hometown of Shandong and went to Beijing to specialize in snooker. My father gave up his job as a worker in a pharmaceutical factory and rode Yan Bingtao to practice football every day. In order to save money, the father and son rented in the suburbs of Beijing. There is only one table and one bed in a room at 280 yuan a month. In Yan Bingtao’s memory, in winter, because he couldn’t pay the heating bill,”you also have to wear down jackets in the house, and put a warm water bag in the bed at night.”
Such hard days have lasted for nearly 5 years. Until 2014, Yan Bingtao entered the World Snooker academy established by the training base of the Chinese Billiards Association and the World Professional Snooker Association. This embarked on the highway leading to the professional arena.
When he entered the academy, Yan Bingtao, who was only 14 years old, won a blockbuster in the World Snooker Amateur Championship. Later, he teamed up with Zhou Yuelong, defeating Higgins and Maguire in the 2015 Snooker World Cup, exploding in a dark horse posture. Cold cup.
With the age”reaching the standard” and the improvement of mentality and mentality, Yan Bingtao finally got the opportunity to move to the professional arena. After embarking on a trip to England, Yan Bingtao’s mind and mentality became more mature, and he kept breaking records on the court. In 2017, he reached the World Snooker Championship through 3 qualifying rounds, becoming the first”post-00″ in the history of the World Championships. Players. In 2019, Yan Bingtao won his first ranked championship at the Riga Masters, plus the top four in the British Championships and the runner-up in the Welsh Open The results, the world ranking came to the top 16.
On the court, Yan Bingtao has a calm temperament and mature mentality that transcends his age. He never pursued gorgeous strokes or sharp performances, so much so that”Billiard Emperor” Hendry and O’Sullivan both bluntly did not appreciate this”unpleasant” playing style.
But in Yan Bingtao’s view, players like Selby and Higgins with reasonable play and strong ability to withstand pressure are the”masters” in his heart.”If you want to be a master, you have to be like them. I can’t change my age, I can only catch up with the minds of older players.” Yan Bingtao said.
In the past few years, Yan Bingtao has been releasing his potential and improving his status. Under his steady defense, O’Sullivan, Higgins and other”big guys” have encountered zero seals in the game against him.
Now, in front of Yan Bingtao, there is the world’s number one Trump. Yan Bingtao did not win the match 6 times before. However, in the most recent 2020 Snooker World Championship, Yan Bingtao once led Trump with 5:3, but unfortunately he finally lost 11:13 regrettably, only one step away from defeating the world number one.
“Gemini” looks forward to shining
In 2009, when Yan Bingtao set foot on the path of snooker, it was exactly Ding Junhui won the British Championships for the second time, reaching the peak of the world’s top. At that time, Ding Junhui, in his early twenties, was as young and ambitious as Yan Bingtao.
If I practice every day, I can be like Ding Junhui? Yan Bingtao thought.”But I didn’t expect that if you want to be like him, you have to practice for more than 10 hours a day.”
From 2005 to the present, Ding Junhui’s growth in the world snooker arena has opened up the Chinese snooker sport. Space for development. Today, the 33-year-old Ding Junhui is still active on the table, to climb the peak of his career. After becoming a father, he has more concerns and responsibilities in his life. Ding Junhui once said that he won’t be a problem playing for another 5 to 10 years, and he will continue to stick to it.
Under the infection of Pathfinder, Yan Bingtao has also become a rising star of China’s snooker with the practice of”more than 10 hours a day”. It is also a young fame and a lot of attention. After the aspiration of the Masters, more people regard Yan Bingtao as the next Ding Junhui of Chinese snooker, expecting him to climb the peak again and touch the trophy of the world championship.
In April this year, the World Snooker Championships will start again. Ding Junhui and Yan Bingtao, the pair of snooker twins, will continue to attack China’s first world snooker championship. In 2020, the two appeared together in the World Championships. Although they missed the top 8, their performance was still impressive. In addition, young players such as Zhou Yuelong, Zhao Xintong, and Li Xing have also emerged in the world arena. In the future snooker arena, Chinese players are expected to set off a more violent”back wave.”