2016 World Snooker Championship World Snooker Championship First Round Matches

World Snooker Championship First Round Matches

World Snooker Championship First Round Matches

The final draw for the 2016 World Snooker Championship sees the world's top 16 players take on 16 qualifiers who had to make it through several qualifying rounds at Ponds Forge, Sheffield.

Ding Junhui found himself in the qualifiers this year, but had little trouble making it through, finally beating Nigel Bond 10-2 in the final qualifier. Ding will face the seeded Martin Gould in the first round but finds himself favourite to win his first round match.

Mitchell Mann makes his Crucible Debut having made it past Kishan Hirani, Matthew Selt and Dechawat Poomjaeng in qualifying. He faces the recent China Open winner Mark Allen in the first round.

Last year's winner, Stuart Bingham and Allister Carter are first up on Saturday and although the World Champion is favourite; Allister Carter has a great record against him.

Also playing on Saturday are Marco Fu and Peter Ebdon, in what looks like a match that could be played at postal chess pace. Marco Fu is a strong favourite but Ebdon is sure to make him grind to beat him. Shaun Murphy and Anthony McGill also play on Saturday.

Sunday will see the return of Ronnie O'Sullivan, with David Gilbert hoping to derail the 'Rocket' in the first round.

First Round Matches
Stuart Bingham v Ali Carter
Stephen Maguire v Alan McManus
Ricky Walden v Robbie Williams
John Higgins v Ryan Day
Judd Trump v Liang Wenbo
Martin Gould v Ding Junhui
Mark Williams v Graeme Dott
Neil Robertson v Michael Holt
Shaun Murphy v Anthony McGill
Marco Fu v Peter Ebdon
Barry Hawkins v Zhang Anda
Ronnie O'Sullivan v David Gilbert
Mark Allen v Mitchell Mann
Joe Perry v Kyren Wilson
Michael White v Sam Baird
Mark Selby v Robert Milkins

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Mark Selby, last years winner is is out!

Ding Junhui, runner-up last year, is out!

Alan McManus, beaten semi-finalist last year, is out!

Marco Fu, beaten semi-finalist last year, is out!