Although the predicted Chinese revolution still is likely to materialise, it is fair to say that aside from Ding Junhui few players from the nation have exploded onto the scene in the way it seemed they may.
Liang Wenbo though deserves credit for the solid Snooker he has been playing to a high standard for a long time now. After qualifying for a few tournaments whilst establishing himself on the tour, Liang came to the attention of the public by reaching the quarter finals of the 2008 World Championship. Following a maiden professional win at the non-ranking Beijing Masters, Liang would reach his first ranking final at the Shanghai Masters in 2009. His run was halted at this stage by Ronnie O’Sullivan but even that didn’t stop him from breaking into the world’s top 16.
However, his form after this was poor as he struggled to pick up wins in ranking events and he soon found himself out of Snooker’s elite once more. He did reach a PTC event final but his ranking dropped sharply and he would eventually drop out of the top 32 players in the world.
Now back in the top 32 after a solid 2012/13, Liang has experienced the highs and lows of Snooker and will hope to be stronger for the experience second time round. Without a shadow of a doubt he can play to a very high standard and he still has plenty of years ahead of him in the game.
For Liang Wenbo it is a case of making certain he is able to make those years the best of his career, and ensure he isn’t remembered as a player who came close to being a star but faded away never to return.
Nickname: The Fearless
Date of Birth: 05.03.1987
Lives: Hei Longjiang, China
Professional Since: 2004
Current World Ranking: 32
Highest Tournament Break: 147 – Bahrain Snooker Championship qualifiers (2008)