Ricky Walden is a snooker professional, born in England but living in Flintshire, Wales. At 6'4" he is tall for a snooker player, and he has a noticeably crouching posture.
He is currently ranked 20th in the world. He won the 2008 Shanghai Masters, his first ranking final, having previously reached one further ranking quarter-final . He has spent four seasons in the top 48 of the rankings. His first appearance at the final stages of the World Championship came in 2009.