Stuart Bingham profile
World Championship 2014 - Stuart Bingham profile
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Name: Stuart Bingham
Date of birth: 21/05/76 (37)
World ranking: 6
Crucible best: Quarter final 2013
Tough competitor Stuart Bingham has held his position at number six in the world rankings despite not getting his hands on a trophy this season.
He has been in the final of the Champion of Champions and semi-final of the UK Championship, but apart from that it has been a case of what might have been for the Basildon cueman.
Last season was the best of his career as he won the Premier League and reached the final of both the Wuxi Classic and Welsh Open to finally fulfil the potential he had shown for so long.
However, the World Championship has not been kind to him down the years and reaching the last eight 12 months ago - beaten 13-4 by Ronnie O'Sullivan - has been his best effort.
Bingham is a much better player than that and he has the game that is suited to the longer matches at the Crucible.
He is prolific when in among the balls and also possesses a good safety game, so if he can discover his best form then a decent run is on the cards.