Paul Ryding

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Paul Ryding

News Editor, Sport

Paul Ryding is a sports writer who has been based in China since 2007. The Beijing Olympics took him to the Far East for six months, and the food, the people and the excitement surrounding the rise of sport in China kept him there until now. He spent eight years in Beijing before moving to Hong Kong in 2015.

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Masters snooker 2021: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Ding Junhui after completing another unlikely comeback

Ronnie O’Sullivan edges past Ding Junhui 6-5 to book his quarter-final spot in Milton Keynes.

14 Jan 2021 - 11:20AM

Ronnie O’Sullivan edges past Ding Junhui 6-5 to book his quarter-final spot in Milton Keynes.

Masters snooker 2021: Ronnie O’Sullivan beats Ding Junhui after completing another unlikely comeback
Clearwater Bay Open likely to be axed as PGA Tour Series-China cancels whole 2021 season

The Hong Kong event is likely to be axed for the third year running while the Asian Tour is still to publish its 2021 schedule meaning there are no plans for the showpiece Hong Kong Open.

10 Jan 2021 - 3:53PM

The Hong Kong event is likely to be axed for the third year running while the Asian Tour is still to publish its 2021 schedule meaning there are no plans for the showpiece Hong Kong Open.

Clearwater Bay Open likely to be axed as PGA Tour Series-China cancels whole 2021 season
When is the Hong Kong Sevens? A (provisional) Hong Kong sports calendar for 2021

The hope is that things will quickly get back to normal in 2021, but many Hong Kong staples are yet to be scheduled for the coming year.

31 Dec 2020 - 3:22PM

The hope is that things will quickly get back to normal in 2021, but many Hong Kong staples are yet to be scheduled for the coming year.

When is the Hong Kong Sevens? A (provisional) Hong Kong sports calendar for 2021
Opinion | Hong Kong sport endured its very own annus horribilis in 2020. Where to from here?

It was a desperately difficult year for a swathe of the city’s sporting bodies. The main hope is that the damage 2020 inflicted on the local scene isn’t fatal.

31 Dec 2020 - 8:56AM

It was a desperately difficult year for a swathe of the city’s sporting bodies. The main hope is that the damage 2020 inflicted on the local scene isn’t fatal.

Hong Kong sport endured its very own annus horribilis in 2020. Where to from here?
Best of 2020: Jeremy Lin, Sun Yang or Novak Djokovic? What were top SCMP Sport stories of year?

Our annual top 10 list of SCMP Sport stories is released.

30 Dec 2020 - 1:27PM

Our annual top 10 list of SCMP Sport stories is released.

Best of 2020: Jeremy Lin, Sun Yang or Novak Djokovic? What were top SCMP Sport stories of year?
Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith: Mexican becomes four-weight world champion with dominant points win

Mexico’s Alvarez puts on a masterful performance in his debut at 168lbs to defeat Smith in Texas.

20 Dec 2020 - 2:12PM

Mexico’s Alvarez puts on a masterful performance in his debut at 168lbs to defeat Smith in Texas.

Canelo Alvarez-Callum Smith: Mexican becomes four-weight world champion with dominant points win
Ronnie O’Sullivan completes thrilling comeback to beat China’s Li Hang, plays Mark Selby in Scottish Open final

China’s Li, the world No 37, held a 4-1 lead before going down to the world champion.

13 Dec 2020 - 12:40PM

China’s Li, the world No 37, held a 4-1 lead before going down to the world champion.

Ronnie O’Sullivan completes thrilling comeback to beat China’s Li Hang, plays Mark Selby in Scottish Open final
Terence Crawford reignites his claim to pound-for-pound supremacy as he snuffs out Kell Brook with explosive finish

Terence Crawford completes a 15th defence of his welterweight crown with late knockout of Kell Brook.

15 Nov 2020 - 2:19PM

Terence Crawford completes a 15th defence of his welterweight crown with late knockout of Kell Brook.

Terence Crawford reignites his claim to pound-for-pound supremacy as he snuffs out Kell Brook with explosive finish
Chinese heavyweight Zhang aims for the top after impressive KO; promoter Hearn plans Chisora route

Henan 37-year-old Zhang Zhilei registers a 22nd straight win against Devin Vargas as the two-metre tall southpaw amasses his 17 KO win.

9 Nov 2020 - 9:23PM

Henan 37-year-old Zhang Zhilei registers a 22nd straight win against Devin Vargas as the two-metre tall southpaw amasses his 17 KO win.

Chinese heavyweight Zhang aims for the top after impressive KO; promoter Hearn plans Chisora route
ISL: Siobhan Haughey’s Energy Standard team lead match six at halfway

Hong Kong’s Haughey claims victory in the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle events.

6 Nov 2020 - 3:55PM

Hong Kong’s Haughey claims victory in the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 400m freestyle events.

ISL: Siobhan Haughey’s Energy Standard team lead match six at halfway
ISL: in-form Siobhan Haughey takes match six MVP as Energy Standard top standings

Haughey wins three races as her team, Energy Standard, claim a well-deserved win in match six of the International Swimming League.

3 Nov 2020 - 10:34PM

Haughey wins three races as her team, Energy Standard, claim a well-deserved win in match six of the International Swimming League.

ISL: in-form Siobhan Haughey takes match six MVP as Energy Standard top standings
ISL: Siobhan Haughey wins again as Energy Standard charge to top of standings in match six

Hong Kong swimmer on target again in Hungary as she breaks another of her own national records.

2 Nov 2020 - 9:47PM

Hong Kong swimmer on target again in Hungary as she breaks another of her own national records.

ISL: Siobhan Haughey wins again as Energy Standard charge to top of standings in match six
Gervonta Davis knocks Leo Santa Cruz out cold in sensational Texas title tilt to become two-weight world champion

Two-division world champion Davis underlines his credentials with excellent showing in Texas.

1 Nov 2020 - 12:40PM

Two-division world champion Davis underlines his credentials with excellent showing in Texas.

Gervonta Davis knocks Leo Santa Cruz out cold in sensational Texas title tilt to become two-weight world champion
Does Daryl Morey’s Rockets resignation mean the saga is ended? A timeline of the NBA’s China crisis

Player attacks, hall-of-famer defences, support, criticism, accusations and rebuttals – all have been a feature of a hugely turbulent period for relations between the NBA and China.

19 Oct 2020 - 11:38AM

Player attacks, hall-of-famer defences, support, criticism, accusations and rebuttals – all have been a feature of a hugely turbulent period for relations between the NBA and China.

Does Daryl Morey’s Rockets resignation mean the saga is ended? A timeline of the NBA’s China crisis
As it happened: Kitchee claim memorable HKPL title win on final day as race goes down to the wire

The Hong Kong Premier League stumbles to a conclusion with three teams in the hunt for the 2019/20 title.

11 Oct 2020 - 5:28PM

The Hong Kong Premier League stumbles to a conclusion with three teams in the hunt for the 2019/20 title.

As it happened: Kitchee claim memorable HKPL title win on final day as race goes down to the wire
French Open: Zhang Shuai topples seeded Madison Keys to make round two; Taiwan’s Hsieh progresses

Zhang defeats the 12th seeded Keys in straight sets as Hsieh overcomes Haas to set up clash against Swiatek.

29 Sep 2020 - 1:52PM

Zhang defeats the 12th seeded Keys in straight sets as Hsieh overcomes Haas to set up clash against Swiatek.

French Open: Zhang Shuai topples seeded Madison Keys to make round two; Taiwan’s Hsieh progresses
Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ‘amateurs’ jibe returns to haunt him as rookie dumps ‘Rocket’ out of European Masters

Ronnie O’Sullivan is knocked out of the European Masters in Milton Keynes by 18-year old tour rookie Aaron Hill.

25 Sep 2020 - 2:17PM

Ronnie O’Sullivan is knocked out of the European Masters in Milton Keynes by 18-year old tour rookie Aaron Hill.

Ronnie O’Sullivan’s ‘amateurs’ jibe returns to haunt him as rookie dumps ‘Rocket’ out of European Masters
Review | PES 2021 review: still the best football game around, and a fine way to end the PS4 generation

With the focus on the upcoming PlayStation 5, developers release a pared-back follow-up to critically acclaimed PES 2020.

29 Sep 2020 - 3:49PM

With the focus on the upcoming PlayStation 5, developers release a pared-back follow-up to critically acclaimed PES 2020.

PES 2021 review: still the best football game around, and a fine way to end the PS4 generation
CSL: Beijing Guoan boost championship chances as Shanghai SIPG extend lead

Beijing Guoan stay second in group B after derby win as Tianjin Teda become the first team confirmed in the relegation round.

11 Sep 2020 - 12:48PM

Beijing Guoan stay second in group B after derby win as Tianjin Teda become the first team confirmed in the relegation round.

CSL: Beijing Guoan boost championship chances as Shanghai SIPG extend lead
CSL: Guangzhou Evergrande secure championship stage spot as Paulinho shines

Fabio Cannavaro’s side become the first to make the title-deciding stage of the Chinese Super League campaign.

10 Sep 2020 - 11:31AM

Fabio Cannavaro’s side become the first to make the title-deciding stage of the Chinese Super League campaign.

CSL: Guangzhou Evergrande secure championship stage spot as Paulinho shines
Fantasy Premier League guide: when to play your Triple Captain and Bench Boost

Using the ‘boost’ chips well can you put you over the top in your mini-league contests, understanding how they work and when to use them is key.

4 Sep 2020 - 3:00PM

Using the ‘boost’ chips well can you put you over the top in your mini-league contests, understanding how they work and when to use them is key.

Fantasy Premier League guide: when to play your Triple Captain and Bench Boost
Fantasy Premier League guide: when to play your Wildcards and Free Hit

Good use of Fantasy Premier League chips can make or break your season, so knowing the basics will help you to make the most of them.

3 Sep 2020 - 5:55PM

Good use of Fantasy Premier League chips can make or break your season, so knowing the basics will help you to make the most of them.

Fantasy Premier League guide: when to play your Wildcards and Free Hit
CSL: Beijing Guoan labour to draw against Shijiazhuang; Hebei edge Qingdao in fiery clash

Beijing Guoan remain second in group B after rescuing a point against Shijiazhuang.

28 Aug 2020 - 2:23PM

Beijing Guoan remain second in group B after rescuing a point against Shijiazhuang.

CSL: Beijing Guoan labour to draw against Shijiazhuang; Hebei edge Qingdao in fiery clash
CSL: Shanghai SIPG extend group B lead with victory over Chongqing; Tianjin Teda stay winless

Arnautovic and Oscar grab their fourth goals of the season in comfortable win against Chongqing Lifan in Suzhou.

27 Aug 2020 - 8:58AM

Arnautovic and Oscar grab their fourth goals of the season in comfortable win against Chongqing Lifan in Suzhou.

CSL: Shanghai SIPG extend group B lead with victory over Chongqing; Tianjin Teda stay winless
Premier League fixtures released: new boys Leeds face champions Liverpool on opening weekend

English champions host Marcelo Bielsa’s new boys on opening day.

20 Aug 2020 - 4:52PM

English champions host Marcelo Bielsa’s new boys on opening day.

Premier League fixtures released: new boys Leeds face champions Liverpool on opening weekend
World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan outlasts Ding Junhui in high-calibre last-16 display

O’Sullivan pulls clear in the final session to book his spot in the quarter-finals and renew acquaintances with old rival Mark Williams.

10 Aug 2020 - 10:31PM

O’Sullivan pulls clear in the final session to book his spot in the quarter-finals and renew acquaintances with old rival Mark Williams.

World Snooker Championship: Ronnie O’Sullivan outlasts Ding Junhui in high-calibre last-16 display
World Snooker Championship: Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan deadlocked in epic tussle

Chinese ace Ding and English legend O’Sullivan are battling for a place in the quarter-finals in Sheffield.

10 Aug 2020 - 10:34AM

Chinese ace Ding and English legend O’Sullivan are battling for a place in the quarter-finals in Sheffield.

World Snooker Championship: Ding Junhui and Ronnie O’Sullivan deadlocked in epic tussle
World Snooker Championship: Yan Bingtao takes early lead against world No 1 Judd Trump

The Chinese No 2, Yan Bingtao, takes a 5-3 lead over the defending world champion into the second day of their round 2 clash.

7 Aug 2020 - 1:42PM

The Chinese No 2, Yan Bingtao, takes a 5-3 lead over the defending world champion into the second day of their round 2 clash.

World Snooker Championship: Yan Bingtao takes early lead against world No 1 Judd Trump
World Snooker Championship: Yan Bingtao survives scare to progress, faces world’s best Trump in round 2

Chinese number two loses five frames in a row during the final session but eventually seals a 10-7 victory as Crucible debutant Slesson mounts spirited fightback from 9-2 down.

4 Aug 2020 - 10:50PM

Chinese number two loses five frames in a row during the final session but eventually seals a 10-7 victory as Crucible debutant Slesson mounts spirited fightback from 9-2 down.

World Snooker Championship: Yan Bingtao survives scare to progress, faces world’s best Trump in round 2
World Snooker Championship: Liang Wenbo dumped out by world No 2 Robertson; Yan Bingtao in control

Liang is eliminated in round one by 2010 champion Robertson with Yan set to cruise into round two as Ding prepares for O’Sullivan clash.

3 Aug 2020 - 10:25PM

Liang is eliminated in round one by 2010 champion Robertson with Yan set to cruise into round two as Ding prepares for O’Sullivan clash.

World Snooker Championship: Liang Wenbo dumped out by world No 2 Robertson; Yan Bingtao in control