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World Championship Qualifying Draw

The draw for the first qualifying round of the 2017 World Championship was made on Sunday.

Mark Williams

Williams is looking for a 20th Crucible appearance. Photo credit: Monique Limbos

128 players head to Ponds Forge this week attempting to win the three encounters necessary to reach the main stages at the Crucible later in April.

Welshman Mark Williams, twice a world champion, narrowly missed out on an automatic spot when he lost in a thrilling China Open final to Mark Selby at the weekend.

Williams would have been hoping for a kind qualifying draw as some consolation but the 42 year-old has been handed an extremely tricky task in talented Chinese youngster Zhao Xintong.

Elsewhere, six-time finalist Jimmy White will play Jack Lisowski in his opener while Irishman Ken Doherty, celebrating the 20th anniversary since his famous triumph in Sheffield, meets Englishman Jason Weston.

Both White and Doherty require victories in qualifying to avoid falling off the Main Tour and losing their professional cards.

Qualifying begins on Wednesday and runs for eight days in Sheffield. The full first round draw is below:

World Championship Qualifying Draw: Round 1 (Best of 19 frames)

Mark Williams vs Zhao Xintong
Liam Highfield vs Andres Petrov (a)
Stuart Carrington vs Alex Borg
Andrew Higginson vs Michael Georgiou
Tom Ford vs Jamie Bodle (a)
Chris Wakelin vs Elliot Slessor
Matthew Selt vs David John
Hossein Vafaei Ayouri vs Hatem Yassin
Robin Hull vs Reanne Evans (a)
Matthew Stevens vs Lee Walker
Noppon Saengkham vs Jak Jones
Anthony Hamilton vs Craig Steadman
Li Hang vs Fraser Patrick
Mike Dunn vs Andy Hicks (a)
Nigel Bond vs Ng On Yee (a)
Stephen Maguire vs Kritsanut Lertsattayatthorn

Mark King vs Paul Davison
Zhang Anda vs Fang Xiongman
Xiao Guodong vs Tyler Rees (a)
Sam Baird vs Ross Vallance (a)
Ben Woollaston vs Chris Totten (a)
Ken Doherty vs Jason Weston
Zhou Yuelong vs Christopher Keogan
Ian Burns vs Ian Preece
Alfie Burden vs Adam Duffy
Jamie Jones vs Jamie Barrett
Dechawat Poomjaeng vs Chen Zhe
Graeme Dott vs Allan Taylor
Tian Pengfei vs Zhang Yong
Fergal O’Brien vs Gerard Greene (a)
Rhys Clark vs Wayne Townsend (a)
David Gilbert vs Patrick Wallace (a)

Joe Perry vs Zack Richardson (a)
Mei Xiwen vs Akani Songermsawad
Mark Joyce vs Jordan Brown (a)
David Grace vs Thor Chuan Leong
Luca Brecel vs Sean O’Sullivan
Joe Swail vs Sanderson Lam
Dominic Dale vs Boonyarit Kaettikun
Daniel Wells vs Adam Stefanow (a)
Gary Wilson vs Josh Boileau
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Peter Lines (a)
Ross Muir vs Gareth Allen
Michael White vs Aditya Mehta
Rory McLeod vs Darryl Hill
Kurt Maflin vs Sydney Wilson
Martin O’Donnell vs Jackson Page (a)
Ricky Walden vs Hammad Miah

Michael Holt vs Hamza Akbar
Jamie Cope vs Eden Sharav
Peter Ebdon vs Michael Wild
Jack Lisowski vs Jimmy White
Alan McManus vs Kurt Dunham
Rod Lawler vs Xu Si (a)
Jimmy Robertson vs Cao Yupeng
Oliver Lines vs Duane Jones
Yan Bingtao vs Sam Craigie
Mark Davis vs Mitchell Mann
Scott Donaldson vs Wang Yuchen
Robert Milkins vs Alexander Ursenbacher (a)
Robbie Williams vs James Cahill
Yu Delu vs Itaro Santos
John Astley vs Igor Figueiredo
Martin Gould vs James Wattana

Click here to view the full draw and schedule (Times in CET)

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