The British may have invented snooker, but no one in the world is playing it better right now than the Chinese. For the third time in a row, Team China reigns victorious at the Snooker World Cup, which just wrapped up on Sunday in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, with the pair of Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo defeating England’s Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins in a come-from-behind effort, 4-3.
Here’s a recap from the official World Snooker World Cup website. Apologies in advance if none of this makes any sense:
Ding made a 69 to close to 3-2 then a tense 40-minute doubles frame came down to the colours, with England missing chances for victory as China made it 3-3.
Ding and Trump stepped forward to play the deciding frame and it was 12-time ranking event winner Ding who dominated, making breaks of 59 and 29 to seal victory.
A second Chinese team also made it into the top four, losing 4-3 to Trump and Hawkins in the semis. China has not only won three straight Snooker World Cups, they’ve won every single time they’ve entered the competition — 2011, 2015, and now 2017.
“In a deciding frame I don’t think I’ll lose to anyone,” Ding said.
Better luck next time, world.
TRIVIA TIME: What other British-invented game are the Chinese really, really good at? Answer below*
If you want to watch three hours of snooker, here’s the finals in its entirety. I recommend Deadspin’s complete guide to understanding snooker to get you started.
**Just kidding, it’s ping-pong. Everyone knows the Chinese invented soccer.