Alexander Ursenbacher
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Perfect Record for Alexander Ursenbacher in Stage One

The Swiss rolled over his round-robin opponents.

Alexander Ursenbacher secured a comprehensive passage through to Stage Two of the Championship League with a 100% record in Leicester on Monday.

The 25 year-old, who finished the last term with a career-high ranking of number 45, won all three of his fixtures from Group 23 courtesy of 3-0 scorelines.

Ursenbacher, a former European under-21 champion and a semi-finalist in the 2017 English Open, whitewashed Irish duo Leo Fernandez and Aaron Hill in addition to former Championship League winner Scott Donaldson – the latter propping up the group in last place with no points.

Ali Carter also comfortably made it through the opening phase of the competition, topping Group 19 with seven points to place ahead of Michael Georgiou, Dominic Dale, and Sydney Wilson.

A Championship League runner-up when it was played under its former invitational guise in 2013, Carter started strongly with a 3-0 beating of Wilson before guaranteeing his qualification for the next stage with a 3-1 defeat of Georgiou.

Ali Carter and Alexander Ursenbacher must wait several weeks to rejoin the action, however, with winners from another 28 groups still to be determined in Stage One at the Morningside Arena.

On Tuesday, the tournament continues with Ronnie O’Sullivan entering the fray in Group 32 alongside Mark Joyce, Ian Burns, and amateur Saqib Nasir.

Group 6 of the ranking event, featuring Michael Holt, Andrew Higginson, Fergal O’Brien, and amateur Mark Lloyd, will also be played.

What is the Championship League?

The Championship League has been on the calendar in some way, shape, or form since 2008, but it’s only in the last couple of years that it has been intermittently staged as a ranking event.

On this occasion, there are three stages to the month-long competition with 128 players initially split into 32 round-robin groups comprising four players in each.

The 32 group winners advance to Stage Two, before the next eight group winners determine the competitors who feature in Stage Three, with all matches lasting just four frames.

The two players who win their third and final groups will subsequently contest the outright final, with the winner set to earn £33,000 from the total prize fund.

Where to Watch the Championship League

There will be two tables available to watch on each day of the group stages, with the snooker on table one available across Ireland and the UK on FreeSports, and table two’s play on Matchroom.Live’s snooker streaming service.

There are various other TV broadcast options around the world, which you can view by clicking here.

Click here to view the full draw (Times: CET)

Featured photo credit: WST

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