Zhou Yuelong


Zhou Yuelong (Chinese: 周跃龙; born 24 January 1998) is a Chinese professional snooker player.

Zhou Yuelong
Born (1998-01-24) 24 January 1998 (age 23)
Chengdu, China
Sport country China
Nickname
  • Jumping Dragon
  • Chengdu Chalktime
Professional2014–
Highest ranking17 (February-March 2021)
Current ranking 17 (as of 4 May 2021)
Career winnings£549,945
Highest break147: (2 times)
Century breaks130
Best ranking finishRunner-up (2020 European Masters, 2020 Shoot Out)

Career


Between 2011 and 2014, Zhou was regularly selected to play in the wildcard round of Chinese ranking events. He could only win two of the nine he played in and was knocked out in the first round in both of those. Zhou won the 2013 IBSF World Snooker Championship which enabled him to join the snooker tour for the 2014–15 season.[1]

2014/2015 season

Zhao turned pro in 2014. His first win as a professional came at attempt number one as he defeated Alfie Burden 5–3 to qualify for the 2014 Wuxi Classic, where he lost 5–3 to Graeme Dott in the first round.[2] Zhou defeated compatriot Liang Wenbo 6–2 to qualify for the International Championship and won his first ever match at a ranking event by eliminating Chris Melling 6–1, before being edged out 6–5 by Ricky Walden.[3] He made his debut in a ranking event outside China at the UK Championship, but lost 6–1 to Jimmy Robertson in the first round.[2] At the minor-ranking Xuzhou Open, Zhou saw off Barry Pinches to reach the quarter-finals where Thepchaiya Un-Nooh beat him 4–2. This helped him finish 15th on the Order of Merit.[4] Zhou's second last 32 appearance at a ranking event this season came at the China Open and, after winning the first two frames, he lost 5–2 to David Gilbert.[5] He was the world number 75 after his debut season on tour.[6]

It’s unbelievable – fantastic. It’s a huge tournament for us. Our dreams were to become champions since we first picked up the cue – and now they have come true. It’s very unexpected. Our goal was to make the knock out stage because we were in a tough group. After the group stage we realised that we had a good chance if we could play our best, so the confidence just built match by match.

Zhou after winning the Snooker World Cup.[7]

Zhou was selected to take part in the non-ranking 2015 Snooker World Cup with 15-year old Yan Bingtao as part of China's "B" team; China were allowed a second team as the hosts. They were 50/1 outsiders but topped their group, knocking out England in the process, and then in the knock-out stages beat Australia, Wales and Scotland in the final and pocketed a cheque of US$200,000 between them. Defeated finalist Stephen Maguire stated that he believed he had watched two future world champions.[7]

2015/2016 season

Zhou saw off Sam Baird 6–4 to qualify for the 2015 International Championship and beat Martin Gould 6–2 and Sanderson Lam 6–0 to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time, where he lost 6–5 to Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.[8] His World Cup win gained him entry into the Champion of Champions and he edged out reigning world champion Stuart Bingham 4–3, before losing 6–3 to Kyren Wilson in the quarter-finals.[9] Zhou made his debut in a ranking event on British soil at the UK Championship and defeated Craig Steadman 6–3, before exiting 6–1 in the second round to Shaun Murphy. He qualified for the China Open and lost 5–2 to John Higgins in the opening round.[10] Zhou almost played in the World Championship for the first time, but was defeated in the final qualifying round 10–7 by compatriot Zhang Anda.[11] He entered the top 64 in the world rankings for the first time at the end of the season, as he was 54th.[12]

2016 Paul Hunter Classic

2016/2017 season

Zhou got to the last 16 of the 2016 International Championship with wins over Anthony McGill and Mark Joyce, but lost 6–2 to John Higgins. He progressed through to the same stage of the UK Championship by defeating his World Cup partner Yan Bingtao 6–5 and was beaten 6–2 by Shaun Murphy.[13] Zhou dropped just two frames in four matches at the Welsh Open to reach his first ranking event quarter-final, but was whitewashed 5–0 by Scott Donaldson.[14] He beat Christopher Keogan 10–5, Ian Preece 10–8 and Ben Woollaston 10–9 to qualify for his first World Championship and said he hoped to draw Ronnie O'Sullivan in the opening round.[15] Instead he faced Ding Junhui and was defeated 10–5.[16] Zhou broke in to the top 32 in the world rankings for the first time at the end of the season.[17]

2017/2018 season

Zhou reached the semi-finals of a ranking event for the first time at the European Masters. He defeated Robbie Williams, Oliver Lines, Michael Georgiou, Peter Lines, and Anthony McGill, before losing 6-4 to Stuart Bingham.[18] He has also reached the final of the Championship League (it was a non-ranking event), but lost 3-2 to John Higgins.[19]

2018/2019 season

In his match against Lyu Haotian at the Indian Open, Zhou made his first official maximum break in the fourth frame, but eventually lost the match 3-4.[20] Zhou also qualified for the World Snooker Championship again after beating Robin Hull, Liam Highfield, and Eden Sharav in the qualifying rounds. He recorded his first win in the tournament by defeating Mark Allen 10-7, but lost to Ali Carter 13-9 in the second round.[21][22]

2019/2020 season

In January 2020, Zhou reached his maiden ranking final at the European Masters after wins over Mark Williams and Barry Hawkins, but was beaten by Neil Robertson 9-0 in the final, becoming the second player ever to be whitewashed in a two-session ranking event final. [23] Zhou reached another ranking final in February, but lost to Michael Holt at the Shoot Out.[24]

2020/2021 season

Zhou had a stellar performance in the UK Championship, reaching his first Triple Crown semi-final. After his win over John Higgins in the last 16, Higgins tipped him to become the next Chinese player to make a major breakthrough in snooker.[25] Zhou made his second maximum break of his career at the Scottish Open in his win over Peter Lines.[26]

Performance and rankings timeline


Tournament 2011/
12
2012/
13
2013/
14
2014/
15
2015/
16
2016/
17
2017/
18
2018/
19
2019/
20
2020/
21
2021/
22
Ranking[27][nb 1] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 2] [nb 3] 75 54 31 33 31 25 17
Ranking tournaments
European Masters Tournament Not Held LQ SF 2R F 3R
English Open Tournament Not Held 2R WD 4R 3R QF
Championship League Non-Ranking Event 3R
Northern Ireland Open Tournament Not Held 3R 2R 4R 2R 2R
UK Championship A A A 1R 2R 4R 1R 3R 1R SF
Scottish Open NH MR Tournament Not Held 1R 3R 3R 1R 3R
World Grand Prix Tournament Not Held NR DNQ 1R DNQ DNQ 1R 1R
German Masters A A A LQ LQ LQ LQ 1R LQ 1R
Shoot-Out Non-Ranking Event 1R 1R 1R F 4R
Welsh Open A A A 1R 1R QF 1R 2R 1R 4R
Players Championship[nb 4] DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 1R
Gibraltar Open Tournament Not Held MR 3R 1R QF 2R 2R
WST Pro Series Tournament Not Held 2R
Tour Championship Tournament Not Held DNQ DNQ DNQ
World Championship A A A LQ LQ 1R LQ 2R A LQ
Non-ranking tournaments
Champion of Champions Not Held A A QF A A A A A
Championship League A A A A A A F A A 2R
Variant format tournaments
Six-red World Championship NH A A A A A A 1R A NH
Former ranking tournaments
Wuxi Classic NR 1R WR 1R Tournament Not Held
Australian Goldfields Open A A A LQ LQ Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters A WR WR LQ LQ LQ 2R Non-Ranking NH
Paul Hunter Classic Minor-Ranking Event 1R A 1R NR NH
Indian Open Not Held A 1R NH 1R 1R 1R Not Held
China Open WR WR A 2R 1R 2R 3R 1R Not Held
Riga Masters[nb 5] Tournament Not Held Minor-Ranking 2R 1R 1R 2R NH
International Championship NH 1R WR 2R 3R 3R LQ 2R 1R NH
China Championship Tournament Not Held NR QF LQ 2R NH
World Open[nb 6] WR A A Not Held 2R A 1R QF NH
Former non-ranking tournaments
Macau Masters Tournament Not Held RR Tournament Not Held
Shanghai Masters Ranking Event 2R A NH
Haining Open Tournament Not Held Minor-Ranking 1R A A 4R 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.
VF / Variant Format Eventmeans an event is/was a variant format 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. The event was called the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals (2011/2012–2012/2013) and the Players Championship Grand Final (2013/2014–2015/2016)
  5. The event was called the Riga Open (2014/2015–2015/2016)
  6. The event was called the Haikou World Open (2011/2012–2013/2014)

Career finals


Ranking finals: 2 (2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2020 (1) European Masters Neil Robertson 0–9
Runner-up 2. 2020 Snooker Shoot Out Michael Holt 0–1

Non-ranking finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2018 Championship League John Higgins 2–3

Pro-am finals: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2016 Fuzhou Open Zhang Anda 1–5[28]
Winner 1. 2018 Zibo International Open Yan Bingtao 5–2[29]

Team finals: 4 (2 titles, 2 runners-up)

Outcome No. Year Championship Team Opponent in the final Score
Winner 1. 2015 World Cup  China B  Scotland 4–1
Runner-up 1. 2017 CVB Snooker Challenge  China  Great Britain 9–26
Winner 2. 2018 Macau Masters Barry Hawkins
Ryan Day
Zhao Xintong
Mark Williams
Joe Perry
Marco Fu
Zhang Anda
5–1
Runner-up 2. 2019 World Cup  China B  Scotland 0–4

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

Outcome No. Year Championship Opponent in the final Score
Runner-up 1. 2013 IBSF World Under-21 Championship Lu Ning 4–9
Winner 1. 2013 IBSF World Championship Zhao Xintong 8–4

References


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  14. "Scott Donaldson storms into Welsh Open semi-finals". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
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  18. "ZHOU YUELONG - STUART BINGHAM". www.eurosport.com. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
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  20. "Zhou Joins 147 Club". WPBSA. 2019-02-28. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  21. "World number six Allen falls to Zhou". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  22. "Tense shootout on black sees Carter through". BBC Sport. 2019-04-29. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  23. "Robertson Whitewashes Zhou In Austria Final". WPBSA. 2020-01-26. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  24. "Holt Lands First Ranking Title". WPBSA. 2020-02-24. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  25. "John Higgins talks up Zhou Yuelong after UK Championship defeat to youngster". ca.finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
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  29. "Zibo Joy for Zhou". WST. Retrieved 30 January 2020.