Crystal ball: predicting the Snooker Top 10 in ten years


Lesport24 have pulled out their crystal ball and tried their hand at predicting the snooker top 10 in a decade. Will the likes of former world champion Judd Trump and Masters winner Yan Bingtao still be around and challenge for all the big titles in 2032? Which of these early-career youngsters will rise to the top?

And who, among the amateur hopefuls who have not yet had a taste of life on the circuit, could live up to the expectations? And yes, for this time we did what we probably should never do… eliminate the 1992 class for good. Ronnie O’Sullivan, John Higgins and Mark Williams couldn’t win in their late 50s. Is not it ?

Judd Trump EN

Judd Trump’s success at the 2019 World Championship is one of 23 ranking titles he has achieved to date, and since he just turned 33, there’s no reason the Juddernaut does not remain at the top of the game for another decade. His abilities should see to that, and the only thing that could stand in the way is if the player himself gets tired of the treadmill of the circuit and the training needed to stay on top.

Yan Bingtao CHI

Yan Bingtao won big and early in his career, winning the 2021 Masters title, following success at the Riga Masters. At just 22 years old and with an excellent all-around game designed to withstand the pressure of the biggest tournaments, it would be very surprising if the Chinese Yan was not still a major factor in 10 years.

Zhao Xintong CHI

Zhao Xintong took a long time to become an overnight sensation, having been heralded by established stars since knocking out Ken Doherty from the international championship at the age of 15. When the title dam finally broke, it was in spectacular fashion for the 25-year-old Chinese, as he almost immediately chained a British Championship victory with a victory at the German Masters.

Kyren Wilson ENG

A quick look at the increased longevity of top players these days is enough to assume that Kyren Wilson will still be a serious threat when he turns 40 in 2032. The Warrior has already won five ranking titles, he appeared in the final and two semi-finals of the world championship, and his brutal match play should bring him even more glory in the next ten years.

Luca Brecel BEL

The hugely talented Belgian Luca Brecel had its ups and downs early in his career, perhaps because he couldn’t cope with the spotlight and praise he received at such a young age, after breaking through as a teenager. But last season the 27-year-old reached the UK final, won the Scottish Open and has already won the more modest Championship League this season.

Dylan Emery WAL

Wales enjoys a proud tradition in snooker, and the principality continues to unearth some gems. Dylan Emery, 21, is in his first season as a professional, having earned his place by becoming European Under-21 champion. As a back-up player at last season’s Turkish Masters, Emery beat Alfie Burden 5-0, and then saw his potential praised by John Higgins after a 5-2 loss at Antalya.

Wu Yize CHI

Currently just 18, China’s Wu Yize has already shown his talent and potential by reaching the quarter-finals of this season’s European Masters in Germany – beating Luca Brecel. In his second year on the tour, Wu has reached a career-high 67th in the world and appears to have the ability and temperament to go further and challenge the best.

Pang Junxu CHI

The 22-year-old Chinese youngster won the title of ‘Rookie of the Season’ in 2021 and managed to keep his place on the circuit in 2020 and 2022, to reach the 53rd rank in the world. He beat players such as Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson, and earned a lot of respect on the tour, which will see him continue to climb the rankings.

Liam Davies WAL

Amateur Liam Davies, 16, recently became the first player to win the Under-16, Under-18 and Under-21 world titles in the same year. One of the young Welshmen blessed with the mentorship of three-time world champion Mark Williams, Davies also became the youngest player to win a world championship game in qualifying last April, despite not was only 15 years old.

Stan Moody ENG

For a little luck, we selected the 15-year-old English amateur Stan Moody who, in addition to drawing attention to the quality of his snooker, has been compared to a small world champion. physical resemblance to a Shaun Younger Murphy. Halifax’s Murphy, who turns 16 in September 2022, won a game as a wild card at the Shootout last season and was touted by Jimmy White as a future star. He is a former England Under-14 champion.

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