Already one of China’s most successful ever snooker players, Yan Bingtao became the first teenager to win a ranking event in 13 years at the 2019 Riga Masters.
The first professional player born in the 2000s, Yan reached his first ranking event semi-final at the 2017 International Championship. He would go one better at the Northern Ireland Open just a few weeks later, leading former world champion Mark Williams 8-7 before ultimately losing in a deciding-frame.
It would be the 2019/20 season, however, that would represent a significant leap forward for Yan’s standing in the game as he defeated Mark Joyce 5-2 to capture his first ranking title in Riga at the start of the campaign.
He would go on to reach the final of the Players Championship later in the season, as well as a further three semi-finals to break into the world’s top 16 for the first time. He also defeated Elliot Slessor 10-7 at the World Championship to become the first player born in the 2000s to win a match at the Crucible Theatre, before losing to defending champion Judd Trump in the second round.
Yan first rose to prominence on the international stage at the age of just 13 as he began to compete as a wildcard at professional events, as well as at Asian PTC tournaments. He scored several notable wins including against Stuart Bingham and Liang Wenbo, reaching the last 32 of the Wuxi Classic and Shanghai Masters in 2014.
His biggest triumph prior to his victory at the Riga Masters came in 2015 when he represented China B at the World Cup alongside Zhou Yuelong as the teenage duo defeated Scotland to win the tournament. His success also earned him a place at that year’s Champion of Champions where he stunned former world champion Shaun Murphy to reach the quarter-finals before losing to Neil Robertson.
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