World Open qualifiers
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World Open: qualifiers draw, schedule, and results

The World Open qualifiers start on Monday, with one preliminary round for the returning ranking event required at the Metrodome in Barnsley.

Back on the snooker schedule for the first time since 2019, the World Open will return to Yushan in mid-March.

Judd Trump will finally get the opportunity to defend his crown, and as the top seed he has his opening fixture against Rory Thor held over to the venue stages.

World champion Luca Brecel has also had his round-of-128 encounter deferred in addition to top-ranked Chinese duo Ding Junhui and Zhang Anda.

But the likes of world number one Ronnie O’Sullivan, fresh off his success in the World Grand Prix on Sunday, and two-time former champion Mark Allen are involved this week.

O’Sullivan is expected to skip a couple of the upcoming events on the calendar but has indicated that he would like to participate in China.

The Rocket is scheduled to face Alfie Burden on Tuesday evening, while 2012 and 2013 winner Allen is in action on Wednesday against Andres Petrov.

For players in-and-around the top 16 and top 64 cut-off points, emerging successfully from the World Open qualifiers could prove vital.

That is because, aside from the 12-player Tour Championship, the World Open will be the last ranking event before the season-concluding World Championship.

By then, automatic qualification for the Crucible Theatre and tour survival battles will become more pressing matters.


World Open Draw

Round of 128 (bo9)

Judd Trump vs Rory Thor (Mar 18)
Sanderson Lam vs Wildcard (Mar 18)
David Gilbert 5-0 Anton Kazakov
Fan Zhengyi 5-2 Dylan Emery
Lukas Kleckers 5-2 Jack Lisowski
Dominic Dale 5-3 Marco Fu
Stuart Carrington 5-4 Gary Wilson
David Lilley 5-3 Scott Donaldson

Jak Jones 5-3 Ryan Thomerson
Ashley Hugill 5-1 Anthony McGill
David Grace 5-2 Rebecca Kenna
Kyren Wilson 5-0 Jimmy White
Jamie Jones 5-0 Rod Lawler
Ricky Walden 5-0 Peng Yisong
Ben Woollaston 5-4 Ben Mertens
Iulian Boiko 5-1 Baipat Siripaporn

Mark Selby 5-3 Xing Zihao
Adam Duffy 5-4 Mark Davis
Si Jiahui 5-1 Stan Moody
Long Zehuang 5-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
John Higgins 5-1 Ross Muir
Jackson Page 5-3 Liam Graham
Zhou Yuelong 5-1 Jiang Jun
Wu Yize 5-2 Julien Leclercq

Matthew Stevens 5-3 Hammad Miah
Ryan Day 5-4 Andrew Higginson
Elliot Slessor 5-2 Reanne Evans
Zhang Anda vs Allan Taylor (Mar 18)
He Guoqiang 5-2 Jimmy Robertson
Matthew Selt vs Wildcard (Mar 18)
Daniel Wells 5-1 Liam Highfield
Mark Allen 5-1 Andres Petrov

Ronnie O’Sullivan 5-3 Alfie Burden
Michael White 5-2 Haydon Pinhey
Lyu Haotian 5-2 Ashley Carty
Aaron Hill 5-4 Joe O’Connor
Robert Milkins 5-2 Barry Pinches
Sam Craigie 5-0 Ken Doherty
Hossein Vafaei 5-2 Liam Pullen
Graeme Dott 5-2 Ian Burns

Cao Yupeng 5-0 Rory McLeod
Noppon Saengkham 5-4 Himanshu Jain
Liu Hongyu 5-1 Jamie Clarke
Ding Junhui vs Zak Surety (Mar 18)
Sean O’Sullivan 5-1 Xiao Guodong
Joe Perry 5-4 Martin O’Donnell
Xu Si 5-0 Andrew Pagett
Shaun Murphyer 5-0 Mohamed Ibrahim

Neil Robertson 5-0 Victor Sarkis
Tian Pengfei 5-1 Mink Nutcharut
Ishpreet Singh Chadha 5-3 Stuart Bingham
Yuan Sijun 5-3 Alexander Ursenbacher
Ali Carter 5-1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Louis Heatchote 5-0 Oliver Lines
Chris Wakelin 5-2 Andy Hicks
Jordan Brown vs Wildcard (Mar 18)

Robbie Williams 5-3 Andy Lee
Tom Ford 5-2 Ma Hailong
Jenson Kendrick 5-3 Anthony Hamilton
Barry Hawkins 5-3 Steven Hallworth
Stephen Maguire 5-1 Mostafa Dorgham
Pang Junxu 5-2 James Cahill
Oliver Brown 5-4 Mark Joyce
Luca Brecel vs Manasawin Phetmalaikul (Mar 18)

Round of 64 (bo9)

Matches to be played on March 18th and 19th. Schedule to be confirmed.

Trump/Thor vs Lam/Wildcard
David Gilbert vs Fan Zhengyi
Lukas Kleckers vs Dominic Dale
Stuart Carrington vs David Lilley
Jak Jones vs Ashley Hugill
David Grace vs Kyren Wilson
Jamie Jones vs Ricky Walden
Ben Woollaston vs Iulian Boiko

Mark Selby vs Adam Duffy
Si Jiahui vs Long Zehuang
John Higgins vs Jackson Page
Zhou Yuelong vs Wu Yize
Matthew Stevens vs Ryan Day
Elliot Slessor vs Zhang/Taylor
He Guoqiang vs Selt/Wildcard
Daniel Wells vs Mark Allen

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Michael White
Lyu Haotian vs Aaron Hill
Robert Milkins vs Sam Craigie
Hossein Vafaei vs Graeme Dott
Cao Yupeng vs Noppon Saengkham
Liu Hongyu vs Ding/Surety
Sean O’Sullivan vs Joe Perry
Xu Si vs Shaun Murphy

Neil Robertson vs Tian Pengfei
Ishpreet Singh Chadha vs Yuan Sijun
Ali Carter vs Louis Heathcote
Chris Wakelin vs J. Brown/Wildcard
Robbie Williams vs Tom Ford
Jenson Kendrick vs Barry Hawkins
Stephen Maguire vs Pang Junxu
Oliver Brown vs Brecel/Phetmalaikul


How to watch the World Open qualifiers

Live coverage of the World Open qualifiers will be available on discovery+ for viewers across Europe, including the UK and Ireland.

Chinese fans have the option of watching on Migu and Huya.com, while supporters in all other territories can access the games via Matchroom.Live.

Featured photo credit: WST

9 Comments

  1. You’d think the organisers for this event would’ve insisted O’Sullivan’s qualifying match is held over.

    I notice Hendry has pulled out again.

  2. if this is an “open” event why are they holding matches over? surely rankings don’t count in an ” open” event can someone explain this please?

    • It’s “open” in the sense that it’s open to all professionals to enter, but I don’t think they were thinking of the traditional meaning of “open” when they named the tournament.

      All players for this event enter in the same round (last 128), but for promotional reasons some matches involving the leading players have been held over, in addition to those players who have drawn local wildcards. This is common with a lot of tournaments. It’s strange, though, that O’Sullivan – as the world number one – didn’t have his match held over.

  3. or should i say why are they not just playing all the qualifiers in barnsley instead of making some players travel to China for possibly 1 match!

  4. Jay Brannon

    What surprises me is the organisers didn’t insist on O’Sullivan having his qualifier held over. He’s the biggest draw in the sport.

    Mark Williams didn’t enter but can’t seem to find out why. Hendry was probably worried if he beat Michael White, next would’ve been O’Sullivan!

    • Agreed about O’Sullivan. Williams pulled out and was replaced by Iulian Boiko. Not sure precisely why but I know he did have exhibitions this week in Finland. Compiled a 147 there.

      • It must’ve been a decent earner as this is a big money event. He’s probably already secure for the next two Player’s Series events.

        Martin Gould withdrawing from the next two ranking events for medical reasons means his tour future will rest entirely on the World Championship. He’s currently 81st on the provisional end of season rankings.

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