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China's Zhao clinches maiden pro title at Snooker UK Championship****** Zhao Xintong of China celebrates with the trophy after winning the final match against Luca Brecel of Belgium at 2021 UK Snooker Championship in York, Britain on Dec. 5, 2021. Zhao beat Brecel 10-5 and claimed the title. (Photo by Craig Brough/Xinhua)。
LONDON, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese snooker player Zhao Xintong clinched his maiden title in the pro tour after beating Luca Brecel 10-5 in the final of the UK Championship on Sunday.。
Zhao, 24, played his best snooker in York as he edged four-time world champion John Higgins 6-5 in the third round before sweeping Jack Lisowski and Barry Hawkins to reach the final.。
In his first ranking final, the world number 26 looked relaxed. He gave Brecel from Belgium few chances before taking the 10-5 victory.。
"I think this could be my new start, I can have more confidence to win more tournaments. I trust I can do it because it was my first time in the final and I won the trophy," Zhao was quoted by the World Snooker Tour website.。
"I don't think I've seen someone play so good for so long, he just played the same the whole way through and was just amazing," commented Brecel on Zhao's performance.。
Zhao's triumph in one of snooker's Triple Crown events meant that he leaps from 26th to 10th in the world rankings and he will make a debut at the Masters next month when the top 16 players compete in the most prestigious invitation event. Enditem。
Jiangsu beats Sichuan for 7th straight win in Chinese Women's Volleyball Super League******
JIANGMEN, China, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Jiangsu beat Sichuan 3-0 here on Friday for their seventh straight win in the Chinese Women's Volleyball Super League.。
Wu Mengjie scored 18 points and Gong Xiangyu and Wu Han contributed 16 and 15 respectively as Jiangsu swept Sichuan 25-20, 26-24, 25-22 to move to a 7-1 win-loss record.。
Elsewhere, Liaoning defeated Hebei 3-1 (25-9, 25-27, 25-9, 25-19) as Sun Xiaoxuan notched 19 points to lead five Liaoning spikers in double digits.。
In Friday's other match, Shanghai eased past Yunnan 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-14) for their second victory in a row. Jordan Larson and Ouyang Qianqian had 17 points apiece for Shanghai, who outblocked Yunnan 10-1. Enditem。
Economic Watch: China's industrial profits sustain sound growth in first three quarters******
BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Profits of China's major industrial firms maintained sound growth momentum in the first three quarters of the year as industrial production continued to recover and business operations kept improving, official data showed on Wednesday.
Industrial firms with annual business revenues of at least 20 million yuan (about 3.1 million U.S. dollars) saw their combined profits jumping 44.7 percent year on year in the January-September period to top 6.34 trillion yuan, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.
The volume surged 41.2 percent compared with the 2019 level, putting the average January-September growth for 2020 and 2021 at 18.8 percent.
In September alone, profits of major industrial companies soared 16.3 percent year on year to 738.74 billion yuan, quickening from the 10.1-percent gain reported in August, according to the NBS.
In the first nine months, 29 out of 41 industries saw an expansion in their profits compared with the same period in 2019, while the overall performance of most industries was better than the pre-epidemic level, said senior NBS statistician Zhu Hong.
The high-tech manufacturing sector led the growth, with its profits growing 33.6 percent year on year over the same period.
In particular, boosted by the surging demand for vaccines at home and abroad, the pharmaceutical manufacturing sector continued high-speed growth since the beginning of the year and soared 66.8 percent during the period.
An obvious profit expansion in mining and raw material manufacturing industries has underpinned the headline figures, Zhu noted.
Profits in the coal mining industry jumped 272 percent year on year for the January-September period, while the oil and gas exploitation industry saw its earnings skyrocket 297 percent.
Zhu said that high commodity prices and unsmooth operations of supply chains have constrained the continuous improvement of the companies' profitability.
"The imbalanced profit distribution between upstream and downstream industries is meanwhile fairly prominent, and the foundation for the recovery still needs firming up," Zhu added. Enditem