Wells was 31 ahead, but would be defeated 64. He advanced to the third round of both the Scottish Open and Gibraltar Open, losing 43 to Yu Delu and 40 to Nigel Bond respectively. Wells began using a new cue at the beginning of the 2016/2017 season and it proved to be his most successful year to date. After being 20 down to Ali Carter he moved 42 ahead, before missing chances to play in the quarter-finals and was defeated 54. Wells qualified for the International Championship by overcoming Mark Allen 65 and eliminated Stuart Carrington 62 in the first round, but then lost 65 to Michael Holt having been 53 up.A 65 win over Ian Burns at the UK Championship saw Wells face world number one Mark Selby in the second round. He qualified for the World Open by thrashing Tian Pengfei 50 and then beat Xu Si 53, before recording another 50 whitewash this time over Kyren Wilson to reach the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time.
They have beaten each other once, but a BO19 match is a different kettle of fish. He reached the Crucible last season and won his opening tie and will be against a very experienced player who knows how to qualify from there. Both had very successful seasons but Lyu Haotian has done so well he broke into the Top 32! But Lyu is on fire and on fantastic break-building for so hes my man here. Mark Davis will be wary and will have endless patience after beating Rod Lawler and Fergal OBrien. This is a good match-up.
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Both have very good Crucible records, especially Anthony McGill, who was present every year since 2015. Neither player has faced each other in a match larger than a BO7 and the longer format fits them both. Both players reached the second round of the World Championship last year, but unfortunately this time, one of these fine players has to go. However, I will go with Milkins based on form alone. This is a proper clash of the titans.
Wells played in his first International Championship by beating Rory McLeod 61 and advanced through a wildcard round in China, before losing 64 to Lee Walker in the first round. He won three matches to reach the last 16 of the Bulgarian Open where he was eliminated 40 by Mike Dunn. He would finish 39th on the European Order of Merit. Wells saw off Rod Lawler 64 at the UK Championship, despite abandoning his car due to traffic and running to the venue before the match. He lost 63 to Ali Carter in the second round.
What we dont know yet is which one. You didnt predict this would happen. An amateur will definitely make it to the Crucible for the first time in its history. A lot of people say this is fantastic for the game for the true underdog story while little say that the amateurs say little in the first place. Both Judge and Cahill swept aside seeds Peter Lines, Andrew Higginson, Xiao Guodong and Michael Holt. Stop lying to yourself.
After defeating compatriot Jamie Clarke 10-5, he was 6-5 down to Iranian Hossein Vafaei. While Gould had the juggernaut of Mustafa Dorgham (oh dear) and Gerard Greene, Wells had a trickier route. Both had fairly unspectacular seasons, though Wells did reach the Scottish Open semi-finals before being edged out 6-5 by Mark Allen. Gould is another staple of the Crucible and to be honest, Im feeling bold. He really shifted another gear and hit consecutive breaks of 107, 83, 113, 100 and 65 to win 10-6. This is a match between two SightRight players. Wells is scoring seriously good.
Two top-16 ranked players were defeated in first round; Mark Williams lost to Jak Jones and Barry Hawkins to Daniel Wells both 62. Ding Junhui defeated three fellow Chinese players in the first three rounds, overcoming Zhao Xintong, Xiao Guodong and Liang Wenbo to reach the quarter-finals. Defending champion Mark Allen conceded just four frames to draw Ding, having defeated Sam Craigie, Mark Davis (both 61) and Ali Carter (62). Allen defeated Ding 63 to reach the semi-finals.
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Zhou, like Yan, is struggling and he will want to make a second appearance here. As he cemented his place next season via the one-year ranking list, he will play with little pressure. Like Sharav, he had to fight hard to reach Judgement Day. Another result I didnt see coming, Eden Sharav defeated Ricky Walden in the deciding frame. Sharav made his breakthrough by reaching the Northern Ireland Open semis this season. I predict a close match, but it is Zhou Yuelong for me. Considering he represented Scotland and Israel over the past couple of seasons, I have no idea if he will be called the first Israeli at the World Championships.
Woollaston is gaining form at the right time. I can see this going to a decider but, to be honest, this could go either way. After reaching the China Open quarter-finals, he beat Elliot Slessor and Nigel Bond to reach the qualifying round. Li Hang is currently the highest ranked player to never qualify for the World Championship at the moment and this is his best chance. He was put through the ringer against Ian Burns and finished last before winning 10-8. Li isnt a heavy scorer but is always hanging by someones coattails.
A Crucible without Graeme Dott would be very weird indeed. So I expect to see Dott again. Dott conceded just six frames against Hamza Akbar and Xu Si. I believe Dott is more prepared to win the match here after facing two professionals. This format just comes easy to him. Maflin is still prone to unforced errors and failing to kill the frame off. He attended every World Championship since 2000 bar one. Kurt Maflin also got through with little difficulty, sweeping past amateurs Mitchell Mann and Pang Junxu.