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Top 16 Confirmed for World Snooker Championship

The top 16 players who will automatically qualify for the 2022 World Snooker Championship are now known.

All eight participants in the upcoming Tour Championship are currently positioned inside the elite bracket on the provisional Race to the Crucible standings.

It means that, with no further ranking tournaments between now and Sheffield, there are no more opportunities for those in the chasing pack to make a move.

There were several players who could have challenged for top 16 places with success in the recent Gibraltar Open.

Ricky Walden came the closest to upsetting the order, and the Englishman would have denied Yan Bingtao an automatic berth in Sheffield had he emerged with the title at the Europa Point Sports Complex.

However, the 39 year-old agonisingly missed out in a tight semi-final encounter with Kyren Wilson that was settled in a decider.

Yan will count himself very lucky considering his strange decision to not even enter the Gibraltar Open.

While the 16 players are confirmed, the specific seeding positions could still change depending on the results in the Tour Championship.

Mark Selby is definitely going to be the number one seed as the defending world champion.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, who will replace Selby as the official world number one after the Tour Championship, will be the second seed, pitting the old rivals on opposite sides of the draw.

Wilson, who subsequently lost in the final of the Gibraltar Open, can’t be caught as the fifth seed while Yan is assured of being the 16th seed.

All of the other spots are yet to be set in stone, however, with big ranking prize money still to be earned at the Venue Cymru over the coming days.

The remaining competitors on the Main Tour ranked outside the top 16 will have to make do with the qualifiers if they are to reach this year’s World Snooker Championship.

As usual, an additional 16 slots in the draw will be up for grabs when the preliminary tournament takes place at the English Institute of Sport early next month.

Provisional World Championship Seeding Positions

(Players still in the Tour Championship in RED)

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

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Yes, and as Yan Bingtao isn’t in the TC, it means he will be seeded to meet Mark Selby in the second round, if they both win their first match.

    But of course the remaining positions are now determined for the qualifiers. Only ‘Judgement Day’ is best-of-19, a covid measure which has clearly been made permanent. Here is the ‘expected’ line-up, if they win their 3rd round match:

    Ricky Walden v Li Hang
    Hossein Vafaei v Alexander Ursenbacher
    David B Gilbert v Anthony Hamilton
    Martin Gould v Ben Woollaston
    Matthew Selt v Jak Jones
    Ryan Day v Liam Highfield
    Allister Carter v Sam Craigie
    Jordan Brown v Stephen Maguire
    Zhou Yuelong v Mark King
    Joe Perry v Xiao Guodong
    Robert Milkins v Noppon Saengkham
    Tom Ford v Jamie Jones
    Ding Junhui v Kurt Maflin
    Jimmy Robertson v Fan Zhengyi
    Gary Wilson v Graeme Dott
    Liang Wenbo v Lu Ning

    Many earlier matches are interesting, as always. I will be there for about half of it.

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