For the next eight days, at least 128 players will begin battling it out for a top prize of a walkout at the Crucible.
16 will get the chance to play the top 16 who’ve already made it through to the last 32 as the rest will be slogging it out at the English Institute of Sport just a few miles down the road from Sheffield town centre where the Crucible is situated.
The road began way back in early June when Neil Robertson won the very first ranking event of the 2018/19 season at the Riga Masters for the second time in three years.
Since then, Messrs Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and of course Neil have dominated the ranking events this season with, in between that, players such as Matthew Selt winning the Indian Open and Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh winning the Shootout, both winning their first ranking events.
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Last week Neil Robertson rocketed up to number four in the World after scooping the XingPai China Open in Beijing and pocketing 225K.
Those playing at the English Institute of Sport will play the top 16 in the first round proper at the Crucible.
It’s a massive achievement for a player to step out at the Crucible as the season ends with a crescendo with two weeks of enthralling entertainment of blood, sweat and tears from the 20th April.
Whether it’s a first walkout or a seasoned campaigner as a top 16 player – nerves will be jangling as it’s the height of any top snooker player’s career.
Matches of Interest at the EIS
11 times World Ladies Champion Reanne Evans v Zhang Yong
Alan McManus v Current World Ladies Champion Ng On Yee
2018 English Amateur Champion Joe O’Connor v Joe Swail
New tour pro Welsh teenager Jackson Page v veteran Fergal O’Brien
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Here’s the draw from World Snooker…