From Si to Pang – 5 rising stars looking to follow in Luca Brecel’s footsteps

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Luca Brecel’s stunning World Snooker Championship final win over Mark Selby at the Crucible could herald an exciting new era for the sport.

Here the PA news agency takes a look at five leaders of the next generation who will be looking to follow in the Belgian’s footsteps.

Si Jiahui

Cazoo World Snooker Championship 2023 – Day 15 – The Crucible
Si Jiahui took the Crucible by storm (Zac Goodwin/PA)

Ben Mertens

Ben Mertens Handout Photo
Ben Mertens is Belgium’s latest rising star (Tai Chengzhe)

Stan Moody

Regarded as Britain’s best long-term prospect, the 16-year-old from Sowerby Bridge clinched a two-year tour card after winning the WSF World Junior Championship in Sydney this season. Moody, whose game has earned praise from stars including Jimmy White, made a memorable debut in Crucible qualifying by knocking in a century in a 10-7 win over Andres Petrov.

Pang Junxu

Cazoo World Snooker Championship 2023 – Day 1 – The Crucible
Pang Junxu pushed Ronnie O’Sullivan at the Crucible (Richard Sellers/PA)

Julien Leclercq

The 20-year-old Leclercq, who plays a similar game to Brecel, is the third Belgian player in the world’s top 100. He made a significant impact in 2023, winning six matches to reach the final of the Snooker Shoot-Out, and also making the second round of the Welsh Open after a fine win over former champion Jordan Brown.

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