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British Open Second Round Draw

The names were paired off on Tuesday ahead of the next stage at the Morningside Arena.

The second round draw for the British Open has thrown up a few more interesting ties as the competition heads towards the last 64 in Leicester.

Ranking events on the calendar are usually seeded, but the draw for every round in this year’s British Open will be randomly decided.



The process conjured up a couple of mouthwatering first-round clashes, with Mark Allen edging former partner Reanne Evans 3-2 amid a frosty atmosphere, and local boy Mark Selby repeating that scoreline against Shaun Murphy in a repeat of their World Snooker Championship final from May.

With the opening hurdle still to be completed, not every match is fully known, but Selby could be in line to face another tricky obstacle as he takes on former Crucible runner-up Ali Carter next.

Elsewhere, world number one Judd Trump may have to encounter fellow former world champion Stuart Bingham, although the latter still has to come through his opening affair against Robert Milkins.

Stephen Hendry’s reward for beating Chris Wakelin is an upcoming bout against either 1999 champion Fergal O’Brien or Gary Wilson.

John Higgins, who like Hendry triumphed in the old British Open on four occasions, will take on Cao Yupeng – who has returned strongly after making his comeback from a ban for match fixing.

Some of the other fixtures in the second round draw of the British Open that are already set in stone include Dominic Dale’s duel with fellow Welshman Mark Williams, Ken Doherty’s match against Joe O’Connor, and John Astley’s date with recent Championship League winner David Gilbert.

The round of 64 begins on Wednesday evening after the climax to round one, and every game will once again take place over the short best-of-five frames format.

Live coverage continues on ITV4 in Ireland and the UK.

British Open Second Round Draw

Ricky Walden vs Robbie Williams

Xu Si vs Barry Pinches

Joe O’Connor vs Ken Doherty

Hossein Vafaei vs Mark Allen

Ian Burns vs Duane Jones

Stuart Bingham vs Judd Trump

Noppon Saengkham vs Jimmy Robertson

Mark Selby vs Ali Carter

Pang Junxu vs Bai Langning

Martin Gould vs Lu Ning

Cao Yupeng vs John Higgins

Lukas Kleckers vs Louis Heathcote

Rory McLeod vs Ross Muir

Martin O’Donnell vs Stephen Maguire

Li Hang vs Zhang Jiankang

Mark Williams vs Dominic Dale

David Gilbert vs John Astley

Gary Wilson vs Stephen Hendry

Lee Walker or Mark King

Allan Taylor vs Jimmy White

Matthew Selt vs Michael Georgiou

Liam Highfield vs Chen Zifan

Mark Davis vs Jak Jones

Dylan Emery vs Andrew Pagett

Ben Hancorn vs Scott Donaldson

Liang Wenbo vs Hammad Miah

Oliver Lines vs David Grace

Ashley Hugill vs Anthony Hamilton

Zhou Yuelong vs Andy Hicks

Elliot Slessor vs Wu Yize

David Lilley vs Jordan Brown

Luca Brecel vs Zhao Jianbo

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

Featured photo credit: WST



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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the British Open – won by Mark Williams.

1. Mark Selby
2. Judd Trump
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. Shaun Murphy
7. John Higgins
8. Mark Williams
9. Stephen Maguire
10. Ding Junhui
11. Mark Allen
12. Barry Hawkins
13. Stuart Bingham
14. Jack Lisowski
15. Yan Bingtao
16. Anthony McGill

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