Beijing Review - - This Week People & Points -

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.

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