In the April issue of Snooker Scene, out tomorrow, we attempt to analyse the decline in fortunes of China's no.1 player by asking 'What's Gone Wrong With Ding?'
It's a pertinent question given his poor display today in losing to Xiao Guodong.
His top 16 place is not yet secure for next season.
Xiao played OK but was so nervous towards the end that he was clearly there for the taking.
Ding's dreadful shot from yellow to green in the last showed he was also feeling the pressure.
Something needs to happen to prevent one of snooker's brightest stars from burning out long before his time.
It's his 22nd birthday tomorrow but I doubt he'll feel like celebrating.