01 Apr 1987
The 2012/13 season was a patchy one for Ding but he did experience the joy of winning his sixth world ranking title at the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway.
The Chinese ace won several close matches en route to the crown, and in the final came from 3-0 down to beat Neil Robertson 4-3 to clinch the title. "I have more experience now and I know I can win close matches. It's all about thinking, and keeping my concentration," said Ding, who gave a rare show of emotion by beating his chest after potting the last few balls.
He also made a 147 during the tournament, the fifth of his career, and he has set one of his ambitions as matching the record of 11 maximum breaks held by Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Hendry.
At the World Championship he reached the quarter-finals but then suffered a 13-7 defeat against Barry Hawkins and admitted that the morning sessions in Sheffield do not suit him.
Ranking Tournament Victories:
PTC Grand Finals 2013
Welsh Open 2012
Northern Ireland Trophy 2006
UK Championship 2005, 2009
China Open 2005