Solely two wins stand between the remaining gamers and the Crucible.
A subject of 128 has been whittled right down to 64, with spherical three of the World Snooker Championship qualifying draw set to begin afterward Saturday in Sheffield.
It’s at this juncture when the remaining rivals ranked exterior the highest 16 on the planet rankings enter the fray, and simply two extra victories are wanted with a purpose to safe a spot on the venue phases of this yr’s competitors.
There are a variety of gamers from the opening spherical who’re nonetheless vying for one of many coveted 16 locations on the English Institute of Sport.
Amongst them is China’s Bai Langning, who on Friday beat veteran Alan McManus in a defeat which resulted within the 1994 Masters champion saying his instant retirement from the skilled sport.
Tour stalwarts Rod Lawler and Peter Traces are additionally midway in direction of their targets of the Crucible Theatre, whereas Kacper Filipiak and Igor Figueiredo are on the right track to turn out to be the primary gamers from their respective dwelling nations of Poland and Brazil to qualify for the final 32.
The latter takes on Thepchaiya Un-Nooh within the what is among the ties of the penultimate spherical, whereas Filipiak is in motion in opposition to Zhao Xintong in a battle of the up-and-coming youthful skills.
Tour survival has been a substantial theme of the primary week of preliminaries within the World Snooker Championship qualifying draw, and that ongoing dialogue is unlikely to alter in spherical three.
Former European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson secured a significant 6-5 triumph in opposition to Zhao Jianbo that appears set to safeguard his standing among the many high 64 on the planet rankings, and with it a renewed tour card for the following marketing campaign.
A sophisticated system will nonetheless see many modifications over the following few days because the gamers scramble for high-pressured wins, with the numerous provisional rating connotations up to date repeatedly by the WPBSA.
In the meantime, there’ll be no extra sights of Stephen Hendry within the qualifying match after the seven-time world champion was simply dispatched of within the second spherical by Xu Si.
The likes of former world champions Stuart Bingham and Graeme Dott, along with two-time former finalists Matthew Stevens and Ali Carter, will likely be among the many extra acquainted faces getting into the fray from right now, although.
One competitor already assured a spot in Judgement Day – the ultimate qualifying spherical – is Lyu Haotian, who receives a bye after would-be opponent Noppon Saengkham failed a COVID-19 check.
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World Snooker Championship Qualifying Draw: Spherical Three
Zhou Yuelong vs Xu Si
Elliot Slessor vs Liam Highfield
Matthew Selt vs Nigel Bond
Scott Donaldson vs Dominic Dale
Robert Milkins vs Joe O’Connor
Kurt Maflin vs Jak Jones
Lyu Haotian w/o Noppon Saengkham
Tom Ford vs Chang Bingyu
Graeme Dott vs Eden Sharav
Sunny Akani vs Tian Pengfei
Michael Holt vs Jamie Jones
Li Hold vs Andrew Higginson
Lu Ning vs Jimmy Robertson
Liang Wenbo vs Rod Lawler
Mark Davis vs Stuart Carrington
Joe Perry vs Jamie Clarke
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh vs Igor Figueiredo
Mark Joyce vs Anthony Hamilton
Ryan Day vs Louis Heathcote
Ricky Walden vs Peter Traces
Ben Woollaston vs Bai Langning
Martin Gould vs Duane Jones
Jordan Brown vs Steven Hallworth
Gary Wilson vs Gerard Greene
Ali Carter vs Pang Junxu
Martin O’Donnell vs Alexander Ursenbacher
Zhao Xintong vs Kacper Filipiak
Hossein Vafaei vs Sam Craigie
Matthew Stvens vs Chris Wakelin/Lei Peifan
Xiao Guodong vs Ian Burns/Simon Lichtenberg
Luca Brecel vs Mark King
Stuart Bingham vs Chen Zifan/Mitchell Mann
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