Chinese snooker Ding Junhui is a reputed name in the arena of snooker sport. He is considered the best Chinese snooker player in the history with his top ranking game awards.
Like his fame and stability of career, Ding has a settled family status with his wife. He is happily married while balancing both career and family life. Interestingly, his family bliss is on cloud nine as he and his partner are expecting a child together.
Ding's Girlfriend Rumors Slashed: Married
Ding is strictly private when it comes to the talk of his love-life. Living a secluded life with such big fame undoubtedly arouses many questions about his personal life amongst his fan.
Due to his low-keyness, he was rumored to have romantic interludes with some of the famous Chinese women, including Chinese women’s nine-ball world champion Pan Xiaoting and model Wang Jiaying.
However, Ding swiped away the rumors with the fact of his blissful marriage. He first opened about his love life after winning the Welsh Open back in 2012.
Ding revealed that he was happily married to Apple Zhang since 2014. He stated that his love, Apple promoted his career by caring for him, making dishes, and even encouraging him to train harder every day.
Although Ding spilled the bean of his relationship status, he kept the wedding details close to his heart. Moreover, he is also yet to be spotted together with his wife.
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Nevertheless, it came to the limelight that Ding and his partner are expecting their first child in August 2018. As of now, they live in Sheffield in a lavish house that is accompanied by Ding’s snooker table to practice in the garage.
Ding Junhui's Bio: Youngest To Win IBSF World Under-21 Championship
Ding was born on 1 April 1987 in Yixing, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China to Chen Xijuan and Ding Wenjun of Chinese ethnicity.
Ding's father, a snooker enthusiast, took Ding to practice with a professional snooker player at the age of eight. When his father took a break for and returned, young Ding had already finished the game himself.
The event made his parents realize Ding's talent in snooker. So they sent him to the training center of the Chinese national snooker team near Shanghai at the young age of 9. His parents even sold their house and grocery business to support Ding’s career in snooker.
Ding celebrates his birthday with parents on 1 April 2015 (Photo: Xingz.cn)
At the age of 15, Ding had already earned international recognition. He had won the Asian Under-21 Championship and Asian Championship and became the youngest person ever to win IBSF World Under-21 Championship.
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In 2003, Ding had already turned into a professional snooker player. He ranked as the number one player in China. Up until now, he held 13 ranking titles with five times maximum break of 147 and over 450 centuries break in his career.
Five Interesting Facts About Ding Junhui
- Ding Junhui grabbed the quarter-final place after beating Mark Allen by 6-3 at Shanghai Masters on 11 September 2018.
- When Ding Junhui won the China Open, he fell four places in the world rankings because he took a wild card, and so missed the qualifying rounds that carry points.
- Ding Junhui was the first player to win the UK Championship having started at the first qualifying round stage, winning nine matches.
- He was coached by Terry Griffiths, the 1979 world champion, and has credited the acclaimed 68-year-old Welshman with training his mind to be prepared for the biggest matches.
- By the age of 15, Ding started winning national and regional snooker youth championships, fast becoming China's top player.