Who faces who in 2017 World Championship First Round?

The draw for the first round of the 2017 World Championship has been made this morning (Thursday).

Mark Selby becoming world champion for the first time in 2014. Picture by Monique Limbos

It was broadcast live on social media and Eurosport Player with World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn and former world champion Cliff Thorburn revealing the ball numbers.

Defending champion Mark Selby will begin the defence of his crown by facing Fergal O’Brien.

Other fascinating games include an all Chinese affair between Ding Junhui – runner-up last year and Zhou Yuelong – considered a very hot prospect.

Teen Yan Bingtao, 17, will make his Crucible debut facing former world champion Shaun Murphy.

The qualifying process finished just after 11.30pm last night (Wednesday) which ended in record breaking with a TWO HOUR deciding frame between Fergal O’Brien and David Gilbert.

Now let battle commence! The action gets underway from 10am on Saturday.

THE FIRST ROUND DRAW

Mark Selby vs Fergal O’Brien

Ryan Day vs Xiao Guodong

Neil Robertson vs Noppon Saengkham

Marco Fu vs Luca Brecel

Shaun Murphy vs Yan Bingtao

Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Gary Wilson

Liang Wenbo vs Stuart Carrington

Ding Junhui vs Zhou Yuelong

Stuart Bingham vs Peter Ebdon

Kyren Wilson vs David Grace

Mark Allen vs Jimmy Robertson

John Higgins vs Martin Gould

Barry Hawkins vs Tom Ford

Ali Carter vs Graeme Dott

Anthony McGill vs Stephen Maguire

Judd Trump vs Rory McLeod

 

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