Ricky Walden

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Ricky Walden

Ricky Walden at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic
Born(1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 29)
Sport country England
NicknameStamina Man[1]
Highest ranking10 (July 2012–September 2012)
Current ranking12
Career winningsUK£227,760[2]
Highest break147 – PTC 10 2011
Century breaks101
Tournament wins
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Ricky Walden

Ricky Walden at the 2012 Paul Hunter Classic
Born(1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 29)
Sport country England
NicknameStamina Man[1]
Highest ranking10 (July 2012–September 2012)
Current ranking12
Career winningsUK£227,760[2]
Highest break147 – PTC 10 2011
Century breaks101
Tournament wins

Ricky Walden is a snooker professional, born in Chester, England but living in Flintshire, Wales.

He is currently ranked 18th in the world. He won the 2008 Shanghai Masters, his first ranking final, having previously reached one further ranking quarter-final.[3] He has spent four seasons in the top 48 of the rankings. His first appearance at the final stages of the World Championship came in 2009[4]


Early years

He was one of the Young Players of Distinction in a scheme run in 2000, designed to help young players develop their playing and media skills, alongside Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire and Ali Carter. In 2001 he won the World Under-21 Championship.



He started the 2004/2005 season ranked at #78 in the world, but climbed 30 places that year. He beat John Higgins twice that season, at the Grand Prix and UK Championship, and reached the Quarter-Final of the China Open.

In 2005/2006 his best run was to the last 16 in the China Open, which he achieved by beating Stephen Maguire. In 2006/2007 he had 2 last-32 appearance including the UK Championship, where he lost to Ronnie O'Sullivan 8–9. He lost to eventual finalist Mark Selby in qualifying for the World Championship.

He reached #36 for the 2007/2008 season and the same year he reached the last 16 of the Grand Prix, beating John Parrott in qualifying and four top-32 players in the main round-robin stage. He crashed out in the China Open to Mark Selby and in the qualifying for the World Championship, to Mark Allen.

In the 2008 Shanghai Masters he defeated Lee Spick and Ian McCulloch to qualify. At the venue he defeated wildcard Zhang Anda, Stephen Hendry, Neil Robertson (5–4, from 1–4 down), Steve Davis in the quarter-finals (5–2, from 0–2 down), and Mark Selby in the semi-final (6–4, from 1–4 down).[5] He won his first ranking title by beating Ronnie O'Sullivan 10–8 in the final.[6] The rest of the season was solid rather than spectacular, but a qualifying victory over Anthony Hamilton earned him a first appearance at the Crucible Theatre, where he lost 6–10 to Mark Selby.

In 2008 he also won the Sangsom 6-Reds Snooker International, beating Stuart Bingham 8–3 in the final.[7]

Walden made it to the World Championship for the second time in 2011 as a seeded player, but was beaten by qualifier Rory McLeod 10–6. After the match, Walden criticised McLeod for what he considered to be a slow and 'boring' style of play, although Walden was only marginally quicker than McLeod. McLeod responded to the criticism by arguing that Walden was more responsible for the pace of the match.[8]

2011/2012 season

Walden started the 2011/2012 season slowly, by losing in qualifying for the first two ranking events of the year.[9] However, he qualified for the UK Championship by defeating Jamie Jones 6–2. In the main draw he beat Stephen Lee, Mark Williams and Shaun Murphy all by 6–3 scorelines to set up a semi-final meeting with Mark Allen.[9][10][unreliable source?] After the first session of the best-of 17-frames match Walden held a 5–3 advantage. However, upon resumption in the evening he lost the opening four frames and would eventually lose the match 7–9.[11] This was Walden's first semi-final in a ranking event based in Britain.

Walden played in all 12 of the minor-ranking Players Tour Championship series of events throughout the season, reaching the final in Event 6, where he lost to Neil Robertson 1–4.[12] This result was a large factor in him finishing 15th on the PTC Order of Merit, inside the top 24 who reached the Finals.[13] He also produced a maximum break during Event 10, the second 147 of the event.[14] At the Finals he whitewashed Matthew Stevens 4–0, before receiving a bye to the quarter-finals due to Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrawing from the event. He played Stephen Maguire and was beaten 3–4.[9] Walden's performance in the UK Championship proved to be his best run in the ranking events of the season, as he could not get past the second round in any of the remaining tournaments.[9] His season finished in disappointment as he failed to qualify for the World Championship, losing to Jamie Jones 2–10.[15][unreliable source?] However, Walden's form throughout the season was enough for him to end it ranked world number 15, meaning he had finished the season inside the elite top 16 for the first time.[16]

2012/2013 season

Walden began the season by winning his second ranking event title at the Wuxi Classic. He beat amateur Zhu Yinghui in the first round 5–0 and was leading Joe Perry 4–0 and by 64–0 in the fifth frame, before Perry incredibly went on to level the match.[17] The deciding frame came down to the final black, with Perry missing and Walden potting it at 1am local time, to reach the quarter-finals.[18] He defeated Robert Milkins 5–3 and comfortably beat Marcus Campbell 6–1 in the semi-finals to play in his second career ranking final, where he faced Stuart Bingham.[19] Walden raced into a 7–1 lead in the first session, despite Bingham's solitary frame being a 147, and would return to close out a 10–4 victory.[20]

Performance and rankings timeline

Ranking[21]UR[nb 1]URUR99784836363520202015
Ranking tournaments
Wuxi ClassicNot heldNon-rankingW
Australian Goldfields OpenNot heldLQ1R
Shanghai MastersNot heldLQWQF1RLQ
International ChampionshipNot held
German MastersNot held2R2R
World Open[nb 2]ALQLQLQ2R2RLQ2R1R1RQF1R
Players Tour Championship FinalsNot held2RQF
China OpenALQNot heldQF2RLQ1R2RLQ2R2R
Non-ranking tournaments
Championship LeagueNot heldARRRRRRRR
Other format tournaments
Six-red World Championship[nb 3]Not heldW3RFNHSF
Shoot-OutNot held1R2R
Former ranking tournaments
Scottish Open[nb 4]AALQLQNot heldMR
British OpenALQ1R2RLQNot held
Irish MastersNRLQLQLQNHNRNot held
Malta Cup[nb 5]NHLQLQLQLQLQ1RNRNot held
Northern Ireland TrophyNot heldNRLQLQ1RNot held
Bahrain ChampionshipNot held1RNot held
Former non-ranking tournaments
Masters Qualifying EventAALQLQNH1R3R3R3R3RNot held
Brazil MastersNot heldQFNH
Performance Table Legend
LQlost in the qualifying draw#Rlost in the early rounds of the tournament
(WR = Wildcard round, RR = Round robin)
QFlost in the quarter-finals
SFlost in the semi–finalsFlost in the finalWwon the tournament
DQdisqualified from the tournamentAdid not participate in the tournament1Rwithdrew from the tournament
NH / Not heldmeans an event was not held.
MR / Minor-ranking eventmeans an event is/was a minor-ranking event.
NR / Non-ranking eventmeans an event is/was no longer a ranking event.

Career finals

Ranking event finals: 2 (2 titles)

World Championship (0–0)
UK Championship (0–0)
Other (2–0)
OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Winner1.2008Shanghai MastersEngland O'Sullivan, RonnieRonnie O'Sullivan10–8
Winner2.2012Wuxi ClassicEngland Bingham, StuartStuart Bingham10–4

Minor-ranking event finals: 1 (1 runner-up)

OutcomeNo.YearChampionshipOpponent in the finalScore
Runner-up1.2011Warsaw ClassicAustralia Robertson, NeilNeil Robertson1–4

Non-ranking wins

Amateur wins


  1. ^ New players on the Main Tour don't have a ranking.
  2. ^ The event was called the LG Cup (2001/2002-2003/2004) and the Grand Prix (1998/1999-2000/2001 and 2004/2005-2009/2010
  3. ^ The event was called the Six-red Snooker International (2008/2009) and the Six-red World Grand Prix (2009/2010)
  4. ^ The event was called the Players Championship (2003/2004)
  5. ^ The event was called the European Open (2001/2002-2003/2004)


  1. ^ Ricky enters the prestigious Top 16 . [Online] Q Manager Available at: http://www.qmanager.co.uk/index.html [Accessed 19 April 2011]. Archived at http://www.webcitation.org/5y3iMBugu
  2. ^ Yahoo! Sport. 2009. Ricky Walden. [Online] Eurosport UK (Updated 2010) Available at: http://uk.yahoo.eurosport.com/snooker/person_prs32331.shtml [Accessed 23 February 2010].
  3. ^ Walden Savours Taste Of Victory[dead link]
  4. ^ Twice-Champ Williams Secures Crucible Place[dead link]
  5. ^ Walden Springs Shanghai Surprise[dead link]
  6. ^ "Walden stuns O'Sullivan in final". BBC News. 05 October 2008. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/other_sports/snooker/7653555.stm. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  7. ^ Merchant, Yasin (14 July 2008). "Ricky Walden wins with ease in Thai snooker final". http://www.gulfnews.com/sport/Snooker/10228715.html. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  8. ^ "Walden critical of McLeod style". BBC News. 20 April 2011. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/snooker/13145897.stm. Retrieved 2011-11-26. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Ricky Walden 2011/2012". Snooker.org. http://snooker.org/res/index.asp?player=62&season=2011. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Walden Shocks Murphy, Allen Through". http://maximumsnooker.com/uk_championship_2011_walden_shocks_murphy_allen_through.htm. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "Mark Allen defeats Ricky Walden in semi-final". BBC Sport. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/snooker/16126940.stm. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 
  12. ^ "Snooker: Robertson wins in Poland". espnstar.com. http://www.espnstar.com/other-sports/news/detail/item685319/Snooker:-Robertson-wins-in-Poland/. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Order of Merit". Snooker.org. 8 January 2012. http://snooker.org/res/index.asp?template=10&season=2011. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "PTC10 Results". worldsnooker.com. World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2395611,00.html. Retrieved 29 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "World Championship Qualifiers 2012 - Jones & Doherty qualify for Crucible". Maximum Snooker. http://maximumsnooker.com/world_snooker_championship_qualifiers_2012_jones_doherty_qualify_crucible.htm. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  16. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. http://www.snooker.org/rnk/history.asp. Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  17. ^ "Ricky Walden 2012/2013". Snooker.org. http://snooker.org/res/index.asp?player=62&season=2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Selby Hammers Out-Of-Sorts Cope". World Snooker. http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2825934,00.html. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "Red Hot Ricky Drops Campbell In The Soup". World Snooker. http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2828006,00.html. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  20. ^ "Walden Is Wuxi Wonder". World Snooker. http://www.worldsnooker.com/page/NewsArticles/0,,13165~2828717,00.html. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "Ranking History". Snooker.org. http://www.snooker.org/rnk/history.asp. Retrieved 6 February 2011. 

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