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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 April 2005, 12:23 GMT 13:23 UK
4. Paul Hunter
Paul Hunter
Age: 26
Nationality: English
World ranking (start of season): 4
WC best: Semi-final 2003
Highest break: 144
Total career earnings: 1,401,850
Paul Hunter's determination to play at the World Championship after being diagnosed with cancer speaks volumes for the snooker star from Leeds.

That kind of determination helped him to three Masters titles in the last five years and saw him move up to fourth in the world rankings.

Hunter's best performance at the World Championship came two years ago when he reached the semi-finals.

He lost 17-16 to Ken Doherty in one of the great Crucible matches.

Hunter won his first ranking title in 1998, when he claimed the Regal Welsh.

He repeated that feat in 2002 before winning the British Open in the same year.

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