CHINESE teenager Zhao Xintong is as talented as the great Ronnie OSullivan was at a similar age and will one day become the No. 1 player in snooker Mesut Ozil Germany Jersey , according to 2013 world championship runner-up Barry Hawkins.

Zhao made everyone in the sport sit up and take notice when he made an outstanding clearance of 130 in the first frame of his English Open second-round clash with OSullivan in Manchester earlier this month.

The 19-year-old, who only turned professional this year, went on to take the five-time world champion all the way to a final-frame decider and was unlucky to go down 4-3 to the Englishman.

Zhao stands out among the Chinese talent thats around in the game, world No. 14 Hawkins said.

Hes very attacking Max Kruse Germany Jersey , goes for a lot of shots, which is probably his downfall at the moment, but Im sure in time the tactical side will come through and hell learn that side of things too.

Hes a future world champion and because the two near enough go hand in hand, a future world No. 1 as well. Theres an air of super confidence about him Matthias Ginter Germany Jersey , said the 37-year-old Hawkins of fellow left-hander Zhao.

Ronnie also had that when he first came on the scene at 17, 18. Zhao hasnt won the same amount of tournaments he won but is the nearest thing Ive seen to Ronnie at the same age.

Chinese players have excelled in recent weeks with Ding Junhui winning the Shanghai Masters and reaching the final of the International Championship while Liang Wenbo landed the English Open title.

Last year Ding became the first Asian to reach the world final before he was beaten 18-14 by Englands Mark Selby.

Hawkins believes it is Zhaos buccaneering style that makes him stand out. Hes got something extra about him, theres a swagger about him when hes at the table, said Hawkins Mats Hummels Germany Jersey , who is an ambassador for the K Sports multi-sports facility in Kent.

Hes fearless. Hes probably a little too fearless at the moment because any pot he sees he goes for.

Once he learns the tactical side a bit more hell be a handful for everybody, said Hawkins.

To give Ronnie a game at his age, and show no fear the way he did, was brilliant. Other snooker players enjoy watching him play Mario Gotze Germany Jersey , just like they do with Ronnie, and everyone on tour already knows how dangerous an opponent he is.

OSullivan was equally impressed with Zhao after edging past the teenager at the English Open. I enjoyed watching him, said the 40-year-old Englishman widely recognized as the most naturally gifted snooker player of all time. He is such a wonderful player, such a wonderful scorer. He has such a wonderful technique... hes got every shot in the book.

Zhao is ranked 85th in the world and will need to go through pre-qualifying to secure a place at the world championship in April.


EDINBURGH, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- The 2016 Edinburgh International Book Festival opened on Saturday under the theme of "Imagine Better" to encourage people to share ideas and envisage a better world.

More than 800 writers, politicians, actors and scientists from 55 countries were expected to gather at the Book Festival with over 700 events to address issues from the EU referendum to the refugee crisis.

"We are living in an age of global uncertainty: a time of mass migration and of shifting power. I believe the world wants to and needs to imagine better," said the Book Festival Director Nick Barley.

Gordon Brown, former British prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer, was scheduled to talk on Scotland, Britain and Europe on the last day of the Book Festival on Aug. 29.

The program also includes hundreds of events for families, created especially for children to enjoy, such as free daily storytelling and craft activities.

The Edinburgh International Book Festival began in 1983 and is now a key event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland's capital city. Biennial at first, the Book Festival became a yearly celebration in 1997. Enditem

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