The draw for the world professional snooker championship was made on April 16. The draw brings the sixteen seeded players in contention with the sixteen survivors of April’s qualifying completion.
Following the completion of the qualifying competition on April 15, World Snooker have announced the draw for the world professional snooker championship which will take place at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
The draw was made at random with each seed being placed against a qualifier.
The draw is:
John Higgins v Liang Wenbo
Stuart Bingham v Stephen Hendry
Stephen Maguire v Luca Brecel
Graeme Dott v Joe Perry
Shaun Murphy v Jamie Jones
Stephen Lee v Andrew Higginson
Ali Carter v Mark Davis
Judd Trump v Dominic Dale
Mark Williams v Liu Chuang
Ronnie O'Sullivan v Peter Ebdon
Martin Gould v Dave Gilbert
Neil Robertson v Ken Doherty
Ding Junhui v Ryan Day
Mark Allen v Cao Yupeng
Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu
Mark Selby v Barry Hawkins
The first round matches are played over the best-of-nineteen frames (the first player to win ten frames is the winner). The matches are of two sessions of nine and up to ten frames.
This year’s competition promises to be an exciting event with several interesting first-round ties. The BBC highlights the match between former world champions Ronnie O’Sullivan and Peter Ebdon, who are not the best of friends and have contrasting styles of play, as being one of the most anticipated matches.
Attention will also be paid to the 17-year-old Belgian player Luca Brecel, who is ranked 87 in the world, and who will become the youngest competitor in Crucible history.
Another key match is Stephen Hendry, who plays England's Stuart Bingham. Hendry has won seven world titles, a record for the modern era, but he was forced to qualify for the first time since 1987 due to a recent run
of poor form. For his qualifying match Hendry defeated the Chinese player Yu Delu by a frame score of 10-6.
Defending champion John Higgins has been in poor form this season and may find the talented Chinese player Liang Wenbo a tough competitor. The in-form players of the season, Shaun Murphy, Stephen Lee, Mark Selby and Neil Robertson each has a relatively good chance of reaching the next round, although Robertson has drawn the former world champion Ken Doherty, who can be a tenacious competitor. Doherty scraped past Anthony Hamilton 10-9 to qualify.
The tournament begins on April 21 and runs until May 7. The prize money pot is £1.1 million (around $1.8 million).