Fan Zhengyi


Fan Zhengyi (born 27 January 2001) is a Chinese professional snooker player.

Fan Zhengyi
Born (2001-01-27) 27 January 2001 (age 20)
Harbin, Heilongjiang, China
Sport country China
NicknameNumber One
Professional2018–
Highest ranking91 (Dec 2019)
Current ranking 120 (as of 4 May 2021)
Career winnings£38,150
Highest break98:
2020 UK Championship
2021 Welsh Open
Century breaks0
Best ranking finishLast 32 (2019 English Open)

Career


Fan started playing snooker at the age of 5 in Harbin. Just one year later he finished 5th in the National Youth Pool Championships. When he was 8 he finished 3rd in the National Youth Snooker Championships.[1] A trip to Singapore at the age of 14 saw him reach the final of the 2015 Cuesports Singapore Snooker Open, losing to experienced local player Marvin Lim 5–3, after taking a 2–0 lead. [2]

Early career

In July 2017, Fan won five out of the last six frames to beat top seed Luo Honghao 7–6 and win the IBSF World Under-21 Snooker Championship at the tournament held in China. With this victory he was awarded a two-year Main Tour card for the professional snooker tour.[3][4]

He competed at the 2018 World Snooker Team Cup representing China with Zhang Jiankang but they lost to India 2–3 in the Round of 16.[5]

2018/2019

At just 17, Fan was the youngest player on the professional tour in 2018–19. His first match was a 4–1 loss to Jack Lisowski in the Riga Masters, and his first win was against his practice partner Lyu Haotian 6–5 in the International Championship. However, he could only manage one further win in the remainder of the season, which finished in a 10–5 loss to Chris Wakelin in the World Championship.

2019/2020

Fan played in the 2019 China National Championship in Xi'an, seeded number 3, but lost in the 3rd round to Jin Long 4–2. He did however achieve the highest break in the competition of 143.

Fan's best performance in the 2019–20 season came in the English Open. After a close win against Riley Parsons 4–3, he faced Chris Wakelin. At 3-3 the match ended on a respotted black in the final frame. After easy misses by both players Fan potted it to reach the last-32 for the first time. His run was ended by Shaun Murphy 4–0.

In subsequent tournaments Fan had further victories against Zhou Yuelong and Peter Lines. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the snooker season was suspended. Fan Zhengyi was one of only 4 Chinese players to stay in the UK, but was unable to practice due to lockdown restrictions. He played in the rescheduled World Championship, and beat amateur Dylan Emery 6–4 in the first round. He produced a fine attacking display in the second round against Dominic Dale, but eventually lost 6-4 after having led 4–3. Thus his season finished ranked 92, which meant he was relegated from the tour.

In an attempt to regain his Tour Card, Fan entered Q School. With 7 wins and no losses he was successful, beating two-time ranking event winner Michael White 4–2 in the final round, thus gaining entry to the 20-21 and 2021-22 snooker seasons.

Technique


Fan has a very unusual technique. He is very left-eye dominant, and when playing the shot, his cue is to the left of his head. Before turning professional, he was a member of the Wiraka Snooker Academy and was coached by Roger Leighton.[6]

Personal


Fan was also a promising table tennis player, but decided to concentrate on snooker. He is also a cat-lover. During the season, he lives in Sheffield and practices at the Victoria Academy.[7]

Performance and rankings timeline


Tournament 2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
2020/
21
2021/
22
Ranking[8][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 92 [nb 4] 85
Ranking tournaments
European Masters A A LQ LQ 1R
English Open A A 1R 3R 1R
Championship League Non-Ranking Event RR
Northern Ireland Open A A 1R 1R 1R
UK Championship A A 1R 2R 1R
Scottish Open A A 1R 1R 1R
World Grand Prix DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
German Masters A A LQ LQ LQ
Shoot-Out A A 1R 1R 1R
Welsh Open A A 1R 2R 1R
Players Championship DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open A A 2R 1R 2R
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held RR
Tour Championship Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship A A LQ LQ LQ
Former ranking tournaments
Indian Open A A LQ Not Held
China Open 1R LQ LQ Not Held
Riga Masters A A LQ LQ NH
International Championship A LQ 1R LQ NH
China Championship NR LQ LQ LQ NH
World Open A LQ LQ LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Shanghai Masters Ranking Event 1R A NH
Haining Open 2R QF 2R A NH
Performance Table Legend
LQ lost in the qualifying draw #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals
SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament
DNQ did not qualify for the tournament A did not participate in the tournament WD withdrew from the tournament
NH / Not Heldmeans an event was not held.
NR / Non-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.
R / Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a ranking event.
MR / Minor-Ranking Eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
  1. It shows the ranking at the beginning of the season.
  2. He was an amateur.
  3. New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  4. Players qualified through Q School started the season without ranking points.

Career finals


Amateur finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2017 ACBS Asian Under-21 Snooker Championship Yuan Sijun 2–6
Winner 1. 2017 World Under-21 Snooker Championship Luo Honghao 7–6

References