Snooker: How a Chinese world champ could be a reality - and not just a comedy plot

World No. 6 Zhao Xintong fell in love with the game when his father brought him to a snooker club when he was seven. PHOTO: ZHAO XINTONG/TWITTER
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SINGAPORE - Stephen Chow beating snooker great Jimmy White may have been the comedy plot of 1991 Hong Kong movie Legend of the Dragon, but the idea of an Asian player beating a Westerner was an unthinkable scenario then in a sport long dominated by the British.

Three decades later, this is no longer a joke with top players like Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump - both finalists at this year's World Championship - calling China the next snooker powerhouse.

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