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Ding Junhui first Asian world no 1
11 Dec 2014 16:04
China's Ding Junhui has become the first Asian player to reach the top of the world snooker rankings. The 27-year-old, who won five titles in in the 2013-14 season, is the 11th world number one since the rankings started in 1976. Ding joined an illustrious group of players to achieve the top ranking including seven-times world champion Stephen Hendry, Ray Reardon, Steve Davis and Ronnie O'Sullivan. "It's a great achievement," World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Barry Hearn said. "The goal for him is out there now. Can he win the World Championship and bring the crown back to China.
The fact is, he's not world number one by luck, he has got there on performance."
Recent UK Championship winner O'Sullivan moves up from fourth to third, with outgoing number one Mark Selby slipping to fourth.
Selby's conqueror, David Morris from Kilkenny, climbs from 62 to 54 after making the last 16 in York.
Mark Allen rises two places from eighth to sixth while former World champion Ken Doherty also goes up two spots to 38th after their third-round exits.
Fergal O'Brien remains 28th despite his shock first-round defeat to Brazilian Igor Figueiredo. Ding, Australian Neil Robertson and Canadian Cliff Thorburn, are the only non-British players to have topped the rankings.

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