Belgium’s 13-year-old World Snooker Champion

13-year-old East Fleming Ben Mertens has become the World under 16s Snooker Champion. The teenager that has been playing snooker since he was just 8-years-old beat Ireland’s Aaron Hill, 3 years his senior, by 4 frames to 3 in the final in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.   

Ben Mertens reached to main table without losing a single frame. The youngster from Westrem, near Wetteren in East Flanders then went on to beat the Iranian Ben Rashid 3-0, The Indian Razmi 3-1 and Wales’ Morgan (4-0).         

This earned him a place in the semi-final where he took on the Belorussian Margolin. Despite being 2-1 down at one stage, Ben Mertens went on to win the semi-final 4-2.

The final was an exciting best of 7 against 16-year-old Aaron Hill from Ireland. Hill went 2-0 and a 45 point break brought him to within a frame of claiming the world championship title. However Ben Mertens proved to have nerves of steel and won 3 frames in a row. His 74 point break made it 3-3. Everything was riding on the final frame.  

Aaron hill was 33-8 in front in the final frame, but once again Ben Mertens showed us what he was made of and cleared up the remaining 53 points on the table.  

Discovered snooker at the fair

Ben Mertens started playing snooker when he was 8-years-old. He first played snooker at a local fair. He trains at the Arena Gent club in Ghent. Ben’s highest break in training is 147, while his highest break in a match is 111. Earlier, this year he beat a professional at the Peter Hunter Classic tournament.