Thepchaiya Un-Nooh faced with another brutal Crucible draw

They say no match is easy at the Crucible in the World Championship – and talented Thepchaiya Un-Nooh certainly knows it.

The Thailand star now regarded as the fastest player on the World Snooker Tour will meet five-times winner Ronnie O’Sullivan in the first round of this year’s World Championship.

The match has understandably been dubbed the highlight of the first round draw as snooker’s two fastest players will battle against each other on the sport’s biggest stage.

Un-Nooh now has quite a bit of experience in hard matches at snooker’s famous home.

That’s because in the past two years the world number 20 has been faced with very tough draws – arguably the hardest you could imagine.

Last year he narrowly lost out to Judd Trump 10-9 before his opponent went on to win the tournament and in 2018 his first match at the Crucible saw him lose to John Higgins – who went on to reach the final that year.

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh

Other fascinating ties see reigning champion Trump come up against Leicester’s Tom Ford – one of the highest ranked qualifiers in this year’s competition.

And Australia’s Neil Robertson, now ranked 2 in the world, come up against the dangerous and former English Open winner Liang Wenbo.


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