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Ronnie O’Sullivan suggestions the trio of younger stars to turn out to be world champions

Ronnie O’Sullivan believes a primary Chinese language world champion isn’t far-off (Picture: Getty Photos)

Ronnie O’Sullivan believes the trio of Zhao Xintong, Yan Bingtao and Fan Zhengyi all have what it takes to turn out to be world champions as he predicts a vivid future for Chinese language stars.

All three have received ranked occasions, with Zhao, 25, having fun with a breakout season final yr, profitable the UK Championship and German Masters, whereas 21-year-old fan O’Sullivan shocked when he beat him within the remaining of the European Masters defeated.

22-year-old Yan had already made his personal breakthrough, profitable the Riga Masters in 2019 earlier than claiming an incredible Masters win on his debut on the historic event in 2021.

The present world champion believes they nonetheless have a variety of success forward of them, with Zhao and Yan at the moment forward of Fan however the youngest of the three not too far behind.

“In the meanwhile three very particular younger Chinese language gamers are coming by: Zhao Xintong, Yan Bingtao and Fan Zhengyi,” O’Sullivan instructed CGTN Sports activities Scene.

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Zhao Xintong begins the brand new season as quantity six on this planet (Picture: Getty Photos)

“They apply collectively in the identical setting every single day. I feel between one in all them three… Xintong or Bingtao would be the first Chinese language world champion.

“Then, not lengthy after, perhaps Fan Zhengyi as a result of he’s younger for the time being. However then many, many extra youthful individuals will observe.’

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Yan Bingtao narrowly misplaced to Mark Williams at this yr’s World Snooker Championship (Picture: Getty Photos)

The Rocket was in Singapore for the opening of its Ronnie O’Sullivan Snooker Academy (Rossa) and performed exhibits with Zhao and reigning Ladies’s World Champion Nutcharut Wongharuthai (Mink).

The 46-year-old believes Asia will proceed to achieve affect in snooker as extra champions emerge throughout the continent.

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“China is in a really robust place to supply the primary Asian World Champion,” continued The Rocket.

“However there’s additionally Thailand and right here we’re in Singapore. Who is aware of, perhaps 10 years from now a man from Singapore will probably be enjoying on the principle tour.

“Who is aware of, perhaps we’re speaking about him being a world champion. That’s the plan to see what we are able to do.’

Zhao was delighted to be involved in the project and continue his work with O’Sullivan, who has become a mentor of sorts to the 25-year-old.

“It’s amazing how I now get tips from my childhood hero and how he shows up to help us in times of need, even when it comes to travel document issues,” Zhao told TNP.

“He’s a great guy and a great inspiration and I really want to repay his kindness by doing my best.”

O’Sullivan will be back in contention for the first time since winning a seventh World Championship when he starts a Championship League season on July 4 at Leicester’s Morningside Arena in a group featuring Alexander Ursenbacher, Alfie Burden and Farakh Ajaib.

Zhao will play on June 29, while Yan will play on the opening day of the event on June 28.

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