Pang Junxu enjoyed a breakthrough 2022/23 season as he reached the first ranking event final of his career at the WST Classic in Leicester.
The 23-year-old won six matches to earn a match against former world number one Mark Selby, ultimately losing out 6-2 to the home favourite.
The run followed previous career bests at the German Masters (quarter-final) and Welsh Open (semi-final) tournaments, before he finished the season by successfully qualifying for the Crucible for the first time in his career.
Although he would lose out to defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan in Sheffield, the run was enough to see Pang end the season at a new career-high ranking of number 35.
Pang enjoyed an impressive debut season as a professional, reaching the last 16 of three ranking events including the UK Championship which was enough to see him finish the campaign ranked 72nd and earn the 2021 WST Rookie of the Year award.
Pang had previously qualified for the World Snooker Tour as one of two nominated players by the Chinese Billiards and Snooker Association for the 2020/21 season.
He entered his first professional events during the previous campaign as an amateur wildcard, competing at the 2019 International Championship and China Championship tournaments.