The World Snooker Championship at the Crucible saw a monumental surprise as Si Jiahui, the 80th-ranked Chinese youngster, made history by becoming the youngest player to reach the quarter-finals in the last 25 years. After defeating Robert Milkins 13-7, Si Jiahui secured her place among the last eight of the tournament.
Si has delivered a sensational performance this tournament, with three victorious qualifying matches advancing him to the main draw. His streak continued, shocking many as he beat out experienced contenders Shaun Murphy and Robert Milkins, culminating in a surprise quarter-final berth.
Si’s upcoming competition will be against Anthony McGill of Scotland, who currently has the upper hand on Jack Lisowski 11-5. Though he has a challenging task in the quarter-finals, Si is assured of his chances and reckons that his aggressive style of play could be what it takes to outwit the experienced Scotsman.
Si became a professional snooker player in 2019, but two years later, he was relegated. Nonetheless, Si bounced back in 2022 after clinching the World Snooker Federation Open and has since displayed great progress in his technique. Si’s awesome performance at The Crucible this year is a real definition of his commitment and determination to the sport.
Si’s historic victory over Milkins marks a major milestone since 1988 when two newcomers achieved the quarter-finals in the tournament. Adding to the delight of snooker fanatics all around the globe is the success of fellow rookie Jak Jones. Si’s family and companions in China have been avidly following his success, including his father, who manages a pool club in China. This strong family backing has served as a motivational force to Si, who looks forward to the unwavering support of his relatives and friends as he takes on the subsequent matches.
The tremendous win of Si against Milkins implies that he is a potential powerhouse of the sport. His commanding play style and recently gained confidence enabled him to make unexpected turns in the championship, perhaps even earning him the celebrated trophy.