The draw for the qualifying rounds of the Betfred World Snooker Championship has been made, with all players seeded outside the top 16 set to battle for places at the Crucible.
The qualifiers start this Wednesday (April 8) at Pond’s Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.
In a change to the usual format, the concluding session of all 16 final round matches will be played on the last day, Wednesday April 15. The 16 winners on ‘Judgement Day’ will earn a coveted spot in the final stages, to run from April 18 to May 4 at the Crucible Theatre.
All 128 players in action at Pond’s Forge must win three best-of-19 frame matches to progress.
Ten-time World Ladies champion Reanne Evans, aiming to become the first woman to play at the Crucible, has been drawn against 1997 World Champion Ken Doherty on Thursday April 9.
Six-time World Champion Steve Davis is up against Jamie Cope on Friday.
Rising star Michael White, who won the Indian Open last month and just missed out on a top 16 place, will play Steven Hallworth on Wednesday.
Jimmy White, hoping to reach the Crucible for the first time since 2006, will take on James Wattana on Saturday.
Doherty’s fellow Irishmen Fergal O’Brien and Davis Morris face Hammad Miah and Lee Walker respectively.
Amateur and four-time Irish national champion Martin McCrudden challenges Finland’s Robin Hull.
The draw for the final stages will take place at 10am on Thursday April 16th, live on www.youtube.com/worldsnookerofficial
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