Zhang Anda


Zhang Anda (born 25 December 1991) is a Chinese professional snooker player, who made his debut on the Main Tour for the 2009–10 season. He qualified by winning the ACBS Asian Under-21 Championship.

Zhang Anda
Paul Hunter Classic 2012
Born (1991-12-25) December 25, 1991 (age 29)
Shaoguan, Guangdong, China
Sport country China
NicknameMighty Mouse[1]
Professional2009–2011, 2012–2020, 2021–
Highest ranking65 (May 2016)[2]
Career winnings£212,795
Highest break140:
2017 China Open
2020 German Masters (qualifying)
Century breaks77
Best ranking finishQuarter-finals (2017 Indian Open, 2018 Paul Hunter Classic)
Tournament wins
Non-ranking1
Zhang Anda
Traditional Chinese張安達
Simplified Chinese张安达

Standing at 5 ft. 3 in. tall, he is nicknamed "Mighty Mouse". Zhang lives in Sheffield, England, during the snooker season and practises at the Victoria Snooker Academy.

Career


2009/2010 season

The 2009–10 season was Zhang's first professional season on the tour. His first match was a 2–5 defeat to Craig Steadman in the first qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters.[3] His first wins came over Ben Woollaston (5–3) and Jin Long (5–2) during qualifying for the Grand Prix. He was then eliminated by Welshman Dominic Dale 0–5.[3] He also reached the same stage in Welsh Open qualifying having beaten Matthew Couch 5–2 and Mark Joyce 5–4 before losing 2–5 to Marcus Campbell.[3]

Zhang comfortably beat Craig Steadman 10–4 in his first match of World Championship qualifying, scoring his first century of the season in the penultimate frame. He then beat veteran John Parrott 10–6 in the next round. He made a second century, a 113, as he won the last five frames to progress. In the penultimate qualifying round, he beat Andrew Higginson 10–8 in a topsy turvy match. Zhang led 7–3 scoring a 114 in the process before Higginson went ahead 8–7. Zhang took the last three to go through to the final qualifying round. Ricky Walden, provisionally in the top 16 before the tournament, was Zhang's last obstacle to overcome. The first 16 frames were shared before a 134 break in frame 17 and a 103 break in frame 18 for Zhang resulted in a 10–8 victory.[4] This meant that he would be only the fourth Chinese player to play at The Crucible and the lowest ranked player (number 71) to qualify for tournament. He is also one of only a few players to make it to The Crucible in their debut season. This result denied Walden a top 16 place for the following season. Zhang was drawn against seven-time World Snooker champion Stephen Hendry in the first round of the event. Zhang was 0–4 down in the match but rallied to trail only 4–5 after the first session. Hendry increased his lead to 7–5 before Zhang won four frames in a row to be on the cusp of a famous win. He wasted a chance to take the match in the next frame and went on to lose 9–10.[5] Zhang ended the season ranked world number 71.[6]

2010/2011 season

Zhang began the 2010–11 season well by defeating Jak Jones 5–4, Paul Davies 5–1 and Stuart Pettman 5–3 to reach the final qualifying round of the Shanghai Masters. He faced Matthew Stevens and was beaten 2–5.[7] However, he could only win more match in qualifying for the remaining six ranking events, concluding with a 6–10 loss to Andrew Pagett in the first round of World Championship qualifying.[7] He finished the season ranked world number 84, well outside of the top 64 who retain their places on the snooker tour.[8] He therefore entered Q School in an attempt to win back his place and was one match away from doing so in the first event, but lost 1–4 to David Grace. He couldn't qualify from the remaining two events and did not have a place on tour next season.[7]

2011/2012 season

After being relegated off the tour the previous year, Zhang was confined to entering minor-ranking Players Tour Championship during the 2011–12 season. He played in all 12 of them, but had to wait until the final event, the FFB Snooker Open, for his first win which was a 4–1 triumph over Jamie Burnett.[9] Zhang was beaten by the same scoreline by Stephen Maguire in the next round to finish a lowly 115th on the Order of Merit.[10] Zhang lost in the final of the ACBS Asian Snooker Championship 2–5 to Hossein Vafaei, but as Vafaei had already qualified for the main snooker tour, Zhang received a place for the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons.[11]

2012/2013 season

Zhang lost in the first round of qualifying for the opening three ranking events of the season.[12] He played in all three of the new minor-ranking Asian Players Tour Championship events, reaching two quarter-finals where he lost to Michael White 3–4 and Li Hang 2–4 respectively.[12] He finished 10th on the Asian Order of Merit, just outside the top eight who qualified for the Finals.[13] His first win in a ranking event match this season was a 6–5 success against Li Yan in International Championship qualifying, but he lost 3–6 to Alfie Burden in the next round.[12] The most matches he could win in qualifying was for the World Open by seeing off Michael Wild 5–3, Luca Brecel 5–4 and Rory McLeod 5–2. He was edged out in the final qualifying round 4–5 by Jamie Cope.[12] Zhang's season came to an end when he lost 5–10 to Michael White in the third round of World Championship qualifying.[14] He finished the year ranked world number 77.[15]

2013/2014 season

Zhang won three consecutive matches 5–4 to qualify for the second ranking event of the season, the Australian Goldfields Open.[16] He beat world number 20 Andrew Higginson 5–1 in the first round to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time in his career, where he was defeated 5–1 by world number two Mark Selby.[17][18] Zhang also qualified for the Indian Open and beat Alan McManus 4–1 in the first round, before losing 4–3 to Michael White.[16] His best result in the minor-ranking European Tour events came at the Gdynia Open in Poland where he was beaten in the quarter-finals 4–2 by Fergal O'Brien.[19] Zhang was relegated from the main tour at the end of the season as he was placed 77th in the world rankings, outside of the top 64 who remain.[16][20] In his final game of the first Q School event he made a match-winning break of 54 in the deciding frame against Jamie Clarke to edge it 4–3, having been 3–0 up. The result earned Zhang a fresh two-year main tour card for the 2014–15 and 2015–16 seasons.[21]

2014/2015 season

Zhang played a curtailed schedule of events in the first half of the 2014–15 season. He met Ali Carter, who was playing in his first ranking match since having treatment for lung cancer, in the first round of the UK Championship and came back from 5–3 down to beat him 6–5.[22] Zhang lost 6–5 to Rory McLeod in the second round.[23] He was whitewashed 4–0 by Gary Wilson in the first round of the Welsh Open and narrowly lost 5–4 to Peter Ebdon in the first round of the China Open.[24] Zhang defeated Anthony Hamilton 10–3, Mark Joyce 10–9 and won the last three frames against Liang Wenbo to beat him 10–9 and qualify for the World Championship.[24] The world number 98 was the lowest ranked player to have qualified and in his second appearance in the event he fell 8–1 down to Joe Perry in the opening session.[25] Zhang won the first three frames of the next session which included a 132 break, but Perry went on to complete a 10–4 win.[26]

2015/2016 season

Zhang defeated Liang Wenbo 4–3 to advance to the quarter-finals of the Haining Open, but lost 4–3 to Ding Junhui. He won his first professional event the General Cup Qualifying Event. He beat Cao Yupeng 5–4 in the final. This was an invitation event with the winner taking the eighth and final place in the General Cup. He would go on to reach the semi-finals of the event, where he was beaten 6–3 by Marco Fu. Zhang overcame Robert Milkins and Dechawat Poomjaeng both 5–4 to qualify for the German Masters and he whitewashed Alfie Burden 5–0 in the opening round to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the second time in his career.[27] His run was ended with a 5–1 defeat to Judd Trump.[28] Zhang qualified for the World Championship for the second year in a row with wins over Bratislav Krustev, Mark Davis and Zhou Yuelong.[27] He lost 10–5 to Barry Hawkins in the opening round.[29] Zhang was just outside the top 64 in the world rankings at 65, but earned a new two-year tour card by finishing joint fifth on the Asian Tour Order of Merit.[30][31]

2016/2017 season

Zhang comfortably beat Dominic Dale 5–1 to play in the World Open where he defeated Peter Ebdon 5–1 and Judd Trump 5–2 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the third time, but he was thrashed 5–0 by David Gilbert. He got to the same stage of the UK Championship by overcoming Tian Pengfei 6–2, Anthony McGill 6–3 and Mitchell Mann 6–3. Zhang was unable to make it to his first quarter-final as he lost 6–1 to Mark Selby.[32] He qualified for the China Open, but was ousted 5–1 by Mark Williams in the opening round.[33]

2019/2020 season

Zhang remained outside the Top 64 for the entire season with a relatively poor run of form and was unable to replicate prior successes.

2020/2021 season

Owing to his previous poor season, he fell outside of the Top 64 and lost his Tour card. He did not enter the Q School event (likely as a result of the continuing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic) and was therefore relegated from the professional tour.

Personal


Zhang Anda was married in May 2019, but the couple postponed their honeymoon so that Zhang could play in the CBSA Chinese National Championship in Xi'an. Zhang won the tournament, beating Zhao Jianbo 5–3 in the final.[34]

Performance and rankings timeline


Tournaments 2007/
08
2008/
09
2009/
10
2010/
11
2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
2021/
22
Rankings[35][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 70 [nb 2] [nb 3] 77 [nb 4] 83 [nb 5] 67 [nb 6] 74 [nb 7]
Ranking tournaments
Riga Masters Tournament Not Held MR WD 3R LQ 1R
International Championship Tournament Not Held LQ 1R LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R 1R
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR LQ 2R LQ
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R 1R 1R 2R
World Open[nb 8] A A LQ A A LQ LQ Not Held 3R 1R 1R 2R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 3R 1R 2R 2R
UK Championship A A LQ LQ A LQ 2R 2R 1R 4R 1R 1R 1R
Scottish Open Tournament Not Held MR Not Held 2R 3R 3R 1R
European Masters NR Tournament Not Held LQ LQ 3R LQ
German Masters Not Held LQ A LQ LQ LQ 2R LQ LQ LQ LQ
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Welsh Open A A LQ LQ A LQ 1R 1R 1R 1R 1R 3R 1R
Shoot-Out Not Held Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 3R 4R
Players Championship[nb 9] Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 1R 2R 1R 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ
World Championship A A 1R LQ A LQ LQ 1R 1R LQ LQ LQ A
Non-ranking tournaments
Haining Open Tournament Not Held MR SF 4R 4R 4R
The Masters A A LQ A A A A A A A A A A
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 10] NH A A A NH RR A A A A A A A
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic NH Non-Ranking LQ LQ A Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open Tournament Not Held A LQ 2R A LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters A WR LQ LQ A LQ LQ WD LQ LQ LQ NR
Paul Hunter Classic Pro-am Event Minor-Ranking Event WD A QF NR
Indian Open Tournament Not Held 2R LQ NH LQ QF LQ NH
China Open WR A LQ LQ A LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R LQ LQ NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Beijing International Challenge Not Held A LQ Tournament Not Held
Shoot-Out Not Held A A A 2R A A Ranking Event
Macau Masters Tournament Not Held RR 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. From the 2010/2011 season 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 prize money ranking points.
  5. Players qualified through European Tour Order of Merit started the season without prize money ranking points.
  6. Players qualified One Year Ranking List started the season without ranking points.
  7. Players qualified through CBSA China Tour nomination started the season without ranking points.
  8. The event was called the Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  9. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2010/2011–2012/2013)
  10. The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)

Career finals


Non-ranking finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner–up 1. 2010 The China Classic Tian Pengfei 3–5
Winner 1. 2015 General Cup Qualifying Event Cao Yupeng 5–4

Team finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team/partner Opponent(s) in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2018 Macau Masters Joe Perry
Marco Fu
Mark Williams
Barry Hawkins
Ryan Day
Zhao Xintong
Zhou Yuelong
1–5

Pro-am finals: 2 (2 titles)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2016 Fuzhou Open Zhou Yuelong 5–1[36]
Winner 2. 2019 Xi'an Open Zhao Jianbo 5–3[37]

Amateur finals: 3 (1 title, 2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2007 IBSF World Under-21 Championship Michael Georgiou 6–11
Winner 1. 2009 ACBS Asian Under-21 Championship Noppon Saengkham 5–1
Runner-up 2. 2012 ACBS Asian Under-21 Championship Hossein Vafaei 2–6

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