Snooker fans on Twitter have been voting in a poll to see which Chinese player they think is likely to be the first to win a maiden ranking title.

Already this season, Welshman Ryan Day and Luca Brecel have won their maiden ranking titles in Riga and #China, with last weekend Welshman Michael White claiming his second ranking title in Furth, Germany, at the #Paul Hunter Classic.

Fans who have so far voted in the poll believe China's Zhou Yuelong will be the first of the new breed of talented Chinese players to lift a ranking title, and so far this season, that fact has been borne out by his result in the China Championship where he reached the quarter-finals in Guangzhou.

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Hot on the tails of the 19-year-old though, is 17-year-old Yan Bingtao, and also Li Hang, another unexpected Chinese player to have reached the semi-finals of the China Championship with a great run.

White's second ranking title in Furth at the weekend puts him three behind the legend Welshman Ray Reardon, who won five ranking titles in his illustrious pro career. He told World Snooker after: "it meant the world to me." White's first ranking title game in the Indian Open in 2015.

Welsh Wizards

#Mark Williams has won 18 ranking titles and is way out in front when it comes to Welsh wizards winning on a snooker table He came close last season in China to winning his 19th ranking title.

But out of the modern Welsh pros, Michael White looks the most likely to continue the line of Welsh winners - as the country has given snooker some great names of the past, including Reardon, Doug Mountjoy and the now coach Terry Griffiths, and, of course, the two-time World Champion Mark Williams.

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Welshman Matthew Stevens came close to being the fourth Welshman to have won the World Championship in the Crucible era in 2005 but lost to Shaun Murphy, whom, ironically, is still contesting major finals 12 years on.

26-year-old White is the second player this season under 30 to have won a ranking event, with Luca Brecel from Belgium, nick-named the bullet, to have won his first major title at the age of 22.

Paul Hunter Ladies Classic

11-times World Ladies Champion Reanne Evans claimed her maiden Classic win in Furth - taking revenge on her rival Hong Kong's Ng On Yee 4 - 1 in the final which was live streamed on Eurosport as a first for a ladies final in Europe. On Yee won the opening Classic last season.

Problems with the PHC

One blogger, who happens to be a snooker photographer couldn't understand why the main event wasn't Televised and wrote in the Ronnie O'Sullivan fan blog, "Why would a European sponsor want to promote an event that is not on TV, that is played during the summer holidays, and that doesn't seem to attract the big names."

The blogger also wrote it was a big shame and believes the Paul Hunter Classic will struggle to survive in its current format.

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The Classic began as a small Pro-Am and then evolved into a PTC on the European tour, but even though it's a fully-fledged ranking event now, it's top prize is still "only" £20,000 - despite a few days before players competing for a whopping £150,000 top prize in China. No wonder some of the bigger names stayed away. Apart from Shaun Murphy who made it through to his second final this season and defied travel odds. It still seems to feel more like a minor ranking event rather than a full one!

Add to the fact that there were problems with live streaming on the Eurosport Player with the event, it doesn't bode well for the much-loved but problem-ridden event that the Paul Hunter Classic is starting to become.

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