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World Snooker Championship draw: Ronnie O’Sullivan to face Jackson Web page in Crucible first spherical | Snooker Information


Discover out who will play who within the opening spherical at The Crucible, with play to start on Saturday; ​​​​​​​Ronnie O’Sullivan is chasing a file eighth world title within the fashionable period

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Ronnie O’Sullivan says if the World Snooker Championship was relocated to Saudi Arabia then he would discover the event extra handy as a participant

Ronnie O’Sullivan says if the World Snooker Championship was relocated to Saudi Arabia then he would discover the event extra handy as a participant

​​​​​​​Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Jackson Web page within the first spherical of the World Snooker Championship when he’ll start his quest for a file eighth title.

The seven-time champion will play the 22-year-old Welsh qualifier within the best-of-19 body opening spherical on Wednesday April 24 at The Crucible.

Reigning champion Luca Brecel has been drawn towards David Gilbert, whereas Judd Trump will tackle Hossein Vafaei.

The 2024 World Championship begins on Saturday with the ultimate on Might 6.

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Full first-round draw (seeding quantity in brackets)

(1) Luca Brecel vs David Gilbert
(16) Robert Milkins vs Pang Junxu
(9) Ali Carter vs Stephen Maguire
(8) Shaun Murphy vs Lyu Haotian
(5) Mark Selby vs Joe O’Connor
(12) Kyren Wilson vs Dominic Dale
(13) John Higgins vs Jamie Jones
(4) Mark Allen vs Robbie Williams
(3) Judd Trump vs Hossein Vafaei
(14) Tom Ford vs Ricky Walden
(11) Zhang Anda vs Jak Jones
(6) Mark Williams vs Si Jiahui
(7) Ding Junhui vs Jack Lisowski
(10) Gary Wilson vs Stuart Bingham
(15) Barry Hawkins vs Ryan Day
(2) Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Jackson Web page

Who may problem O’Sullivan at The Crucible?

Mark Williams

Mark Williams comes into the Crucible on the back of a big win at the Tour Championship

Mark Williams comes into the Crucible on the again of a giant win on the Tour Championship

Like world No 1 O’Sullivan, Mark Williams might turn out to be the oldest world champion in historical past with the Welshman having turned 49 in late March.

Age has been no barrier for Williams this season as he was received two titles – the British Open in in October and the Tour Championship earlier this month – and risen to No 6 on this planet rankings.

He defeated O’Sullivan 10-5 within the closing of the Tour Championship in Manchester after successful seven frames in a row within the night session, having overcome world No 2 Judd Trump within the quarter-finals and world No 3 Mark Allen within the semi-finals.

Williams will now try and win his fourth world title in Sheffield, 24 years after his first Crucible triumph and 6 12 months after his earlier one, in 2018.

Judd Trump

Judd Trump won the World Snooker Championship in 2019

Judd Trump received the World Snooker Championship in 2019

Trump’s trophy-laden 2023-34 season has seen him match Steve Davies’ tally of 28 profession rating titles and transfer joint-fourth on that all-time checklist, behind solely O’Sullivan (41), Stephen Hendry (36) and John Higgins (31).

The Bristolian has received 5 rating occasions this time period, claiming three in a row with victories on the English Open, Wuhan Open and Northern Eire Open final autumn after which touchdown the German Masters and World Open earlier in 2024.

Trump will now be searching for his second world crown and first since 2019, with the 34-year-old solely passing the quarter-finals as soon as since his victory 5 years in the past, that being when he misplaced within the closing to O’Sullivan in 2022 as his opponent claimed a record-equalling seventh Crucible victory.

Ding Junhui

China are yet to produce a snooker world champion and Ding Junhui remains their biggest hope

China are but to supply a snooker world champion and Ding Junhui stays their largest hope

Lengthy tipped to turn out to be the primary Chinese language world champion, Ding has rediscovered his kind and would be the seventh seed at The Crucible after a season through which he has reached two rating finals, dropping to O’Sullivan on the UK Championship and to Trump on the World Open.

Ding, a participant whose cue-ball management has been praised by O’Sullivan, reached the world closing in 2016 earlier than being crushed by Mark Selby and the semi-finals a 12 months later earlier than dropping to the identical participant, however has misplaced within the first spherical for the final three seasons.

Nonetheless, his 4 Triple Crown titles (three UK Championships and one Masters) show he can win large occasions.

Mark Selby

Mark Selby is a player you can never rule out when it comes to the World Snooker Championship

Mark Selby is a participant you possibly can by no means rule out on the subject of the World Snooker Championship

Selby urged he will not stick with it if his kind does not enhance after his first-round loss earlier this month on the Tour Championship to Gary Wilson.

However, Selby is the one participant to ever beat O’Sullivan within the one-table setup on the Crucible, which occurs on the semi-final and closing stage, when he defeated The Rocket within the 2014 closing.

His cautious, glorious security strategy is a distinction to the all-out assault model to the likes of O’Sullivan and Trump, which fits the longer format on the World Championship and that is why Selby is a four-time world champion.

We should not overlook that Selby narrowly misplaced out to Luca Brecel 12 months in the past within the 2023 World Championship closing and he is the kind of participant who can play himself into kind throughout a event.

Mark Allen

Mark Allen is yet to reach the Crucible final in his career

Mark Allen is but to succeed in the Crucible closing in his profession

Allen has adopted the same tactical strategy to Selby lately and it is working wonders results-wise.

Together with O’Sullivan and Trump, Allen has been on nice kind within the final 18 months and received the Champion of Champions, Gamers Championship and the Shoot Out this season to maneuver onto 20-career titles.

The Northern Irishman has received the UK Championship and Masters however a Crucible crown alludes him.

Final 12 months was Allen’s greatest effort on the World Championship but as he reached the semi-finals for simply the second time and misplaced a gritty final 4 match to Selby 17-15.

Maybe this 12 months is the 12 months Allen joins the illustrious checklist of snooker world champions.

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