By Erik Crouch
Image via WorldSnooker.com
Ding Junhui is China’s proud emissary to this year’s Snooker World Championship, and the pressure is starting to get to him. The “Crucible Final” is the most prestigious of all the international snooker awards, and this will be Ding’s sixth attempt at the title. If successful, he will be the first-ever Asian Snooker World Champion. Despite having a stellar record for this year—he is currently ranked number nine in the word—Ding is certainly feeling the weight of such a profound international honor.
The BBC reports:
[Ding said] “When I play in China, people think I will win every tournament I play in. They say ‘it is not impossible – you are human’. I wish I was an alien. But I like to be the first [Chinese player] to set the records. I want to play the best snooker.” […]
The 2012 World Championship at the Crucible saw a record number of Chinese players, with Liang Wenbo, Liu Chuang and Cao Yupeng, as well as Ding, participating at the main event. But this year Ding will be China’s sole representative. […]
“I hope I can win the title this year; it would mean everything,” [Ding said]
Ding Junhui, may the force be with you.