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Betfred World Championship Qualifiers Draw

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Ding JunhuiThe draw for the qualifying rounds of the Betfred World Championship took place today, with Ding Junhui, Steve Davis and Jimmy White among those learning their opponents.

The qualifiers run from this Wednesday, April 6, until April 13, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield. All players will need to win three matches to earn one of 16 places available in the final stages at the Crucible Theatre.

China’s Ding was edged out of the world’s top 16 last week and will face the qualifiers for the first time since 2007. He meets Greg Casey in the opening round.

Steve DavisSix-time World Champion Davis will be up against Fergal O’Brien while Whirlwind White will take on Gerard Greene.

Ng On Yee from Hong Kong, the 2015 Ladies World Champion, will face Peter Lines, the resident pro at the Northern Snooker Centre in Leeds where On Yee is currently trying to defend her world crown.

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On Thursday April 14th at 10am, the 16 qualifiers will be drawn at random against the world’s top 16 to create the draw for the first round proper at the Crucible. The final stages at the Crucible run from April 16 to May 2.

The Betfred World Championship is supported by Sheffield City Council.