ONE qualifier who will be looking for a repeat of events in 2012 is Jamie Jones.
Last year the Welshman was the surprise package at the Crucible as the qualifier gained the biggest wins of his career against Shaun Murphy and Andrew Higginson to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship on his debut appearance.
And Jones almost made it into the famous ‘one table’ set-up pushing Ali Carter all the way before the Essex star secured his place in the semi-finals with a 13-11 victory.
But despite his success last year on snooker’s biggest stage, Jones has failed to build on it and goes into this year’s qualifiers in rather poor form after enduring a season to forget.
The world number 40 has appeared in just one major event this season which was the Shanghai Masters in September last year. And even that tournament saw him suffer a quick exit after throwing away a 2-0 lead against John Higgins in the opening round.
Infact you have to go back to August to find his best run in a tournament this season when he reached the last 16 stage of a PTC event – The Paul Hunter Classic in Germany.
But might the prospect of playing at the Crucible once again spring this Welsh talent back into action?
To reach his second successive World Championship, Jones must win two of his qualifying matches with possible opponents including Liam Highfield, Simon Bedford and Barry Pinches.
Should he win his first match he will then face Marcus Campbell, who recently made the quarter finals of the China Open, for a place at the Crucible.
Can Jones rekindle his form and the kind of aggressive snooker which saw him stand out as a future star at the end of last season?