Why snooker's UK Championship winner is buzzing about Sheffield United
Ding Junhui’s first love is obviously snooker but his other passion is bringing almost as much joy this season.
The Sheffield-based star picked up the Betway UK Championship in York last week for the third time and his success is coming as his favourite football team are defying the odds in the top flight.
Ding is a patron of Sheffield United and has been following them since moving to South Yorkshire a few years ago from China.
And now Chris Wilder’s side are in the Premier League, he is able to watch them even more, even while away.
“I’m fully supporting Sheffield United and watching them at every game – hopefully they can stay in the Premier League,” said the 32-year-old who is impressed by what the team have done while largely made up of the squad that won promotion from the Championship and some even from League One.
“It’s looking good this season, and hopefully they can finish well and bring in some better players next year.
“It’s a tough time for Sheffield United as they haven’t brought in a lot of players since last season, but the team works so well together.”
The 14-time ranking event winner followed up his Triple Crown success with a routine 4-1 victory in the first round of the 19.com Scottish Open in Glasgow on Tuesday, easing past Michael White with two masterful century breaks.
Watch the Scottish Open live on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and Quest with studio analysis from Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White