CROWNED SNOOKER PLAYER Liang Wenbo
won his first ranking event title and prize money of 70,000 pounds ($86,000) after beating former world number one Judd Trump 9-6 in the final of the inaugural English Open in Manchester on October 16. The 29-year-old also became only the second player from the Chinese mainland, after Ding Junhui, to win a world ranking title. The talented left-hander reached the first ranking event final of his career at the 2009 Shanghai Masters, when he lost out 10-5 to Ronnie O’Sullivan. Liang reached his second ranking final at the 2015 UK Championship, but was defeated by Neil Robertson of Australia. Hailing from northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province, Liang started to play snooker at the age of 13. “I enjoy snooker. It’s an extremely difficult sport. If you can’t enjoy it, you’ll make mistakes and not play well. You should enjoy it and keep calm,” Liang said.