The draw completed at 10:30am this morning is below, big thanks to Sian Woodburne-Winrow for relaying the information from a betting shop!
It is going to be a very exciting season finale this year with some even more exciting matches in prospect in the first round. Our pick of the first round is probably shock qualifier Zhang Anda who plays Stephen Hendry. Plus Ronnie O’Sullivan v Liang Wenbo has the makings of a classic.
Chinese teenager Zhang Anda caused probably the biggest upset of the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship qualifiers yesterday, when he beat former Shanghai Masters Champion Ricky Walden 10-8.
The win for Anda will mean not only his Crucible debut but also the first televised finals of a major ranking event that he has reached. It is also remarkable as the 18-year-old from Guangzhou is also playing his debut season on the main tour. In qualifying for the TV stages he has had to go through 4 matches to reach the Crucible.
1997 World Snooker Champion, Ken Doherty, has been the latest former champion to make a return to the Crucible for this years Championships.
He absolutely demolished Joe Swail in the final round of qualifying with a 10-1 scoreline. The Irishman, who made two breaks of 74 one of 67 and a break of 81 when on a 147 chance, strolled into the TV stages.
The legend that is Steve Davis booked his 30th appearance in the televised stages of the World Championships yesterday.
The 52-year-old Romford potter displayed some fantastic snooker to best world number 42, Adrian Gunnell, 10-4. Davis made his first appearance at the Crucible back in 1979 and has extended his own record of number of appearances by another year.
The Betfred.com World Snooker Championship qualifiers are already into the 6th round of qualifying. The most interesting match of this round could quite possibly be former World Champion, Ken Doherty, against Jimmy White.
At the time of writing the best-of-19 frame match is currently 6-3 in Doherty’s favour with the second session later on today. White confirmed his place on the main tour for next season yesterday with a massively important win over Mark Boyle
Tony Drago has gone the distance through the World Snooker qualifying tournament twice in a row. The Maltese cueman has now won a maximum 8 qualifying matches in a row that puts him on the plane to Beijing.
Drago beat Stephen Lee 5-2 in the final qualifying round to book the trip, his current form in the qualifiers makes him a very dangerous prospect when the main event starts at the end of March.