lhpirnie wrote:I think people should be a bit less negative about Yan Bingtao. He very nearly won the NI Open at the age of 17, which would have broken the record. I know Ronnie doesn't like him, but can't we form an independent opinion?
I think he's already a far better player than he has shown in the big semi-finals or finals, which suggests he's still not quite comfortable on the main table. It's easy to see how he can and will get much stronger. As with any of the young Chinese players he has to face a lot of obstacles to give up his life and come and live here.
Any other sport which had a 20-year old tournament winner, when the rest of the winners are all over 30, would be more appreciative.
Bingtao doesn't get the juices flowing compared to other players that broke through his age and if I'm being honest the youngsters that have come after Judd have all sucked, I've yet to get one behind.
Look at Hendry, Ronnie, Ding, Judd when they were young they were breaking through in a way that made that wowed the crowd, Bingtao and Kyren Wilson are flat as pancakes compared to them when they were breaking through and they didn't break through on the scale of those 4 either.
Ding was beating Hendry, Ronnie, Higgins etc when he was breaking through in the mid 2000s, the dude was a firecracker from the start beating legends in TC finals and ranking events, he was hyped to heavens back in those days.
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