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Rankings Update – Crucible Draw Taking Shape

Neil Robertson’s victory at the XingPai China Open has seen him move from seventh to fourth in the world rankings, as we pass the cut off point for Betfred World Championship seedings.

The Australian picked up £225,000 for his victory and now tops the one-year list, having accumulated £590,500 in ranking events over the season.

The top 16 players in the world gain an automatic place at the World Championship and avoid the upcoming Crucible qualifiers. David Gilbert held onto his place in 16th, to confirm his first appearance in Sheffield as a seed. Jack Lisowski, who secured his place with a run to the China Open final, will also compete as a Crucible seed for the first time.

The confirmation of the top 16 now means their order in the World Championship draw is set. It is as follows:

Mark Williams (1) / Qualifier

David Gilbert (16) / Qualifier

Barry Hawkins (9) / Qualifier

Kyren Wilson (8) / Qualifier

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John Higgins (5) / Qualifier

Stuart Bingham (12) / Qualifier

Shaun Murphy (13) / Qualifier

Neil Robertson (4) / Qualifier

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Mark Selby (3) / Qualifier

Luca Brecel (14) / Qualifier

Jack Lisowski (11) / Qualifier

Mark Allen (6) / Qualifier

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Judd Trump (7) / Qualifier

Ding Junhui (10) / Qualifier

Stephen Maguire (15) / Qualifier

Ronnie O’Sullivan (2) / Qualifier

Mark Selby exited in his first match in Beijing and was unable to regain the world number one spot from Ronnie O’Sullivan.

The £500,000 top prize on offer at the Crucible this year means that Selby, Robertson and defending champion Mark Williams still remain in the hunt to pass O’Sullivan and end the season as world number one. For the provisional end of season rankings click here.