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. I predict a close match, but it is Zhou Yuelong for me. As he cemented his place next season via the one-year ranking list, he will play with little pressure. Another result I didnt see coming, Eden Sharav defeated Ricky Walden in the deciding frame. Like Sharav, he had to fight hard to reach Judgement Day. Sharav made his breakthrough by reaching the Northern Ireland Open semis this season. Zhou, like Yan, is struggling and he will want to make a second appearance here.
Joe OConnor was relatively anonymous in the first half of the season but is daring greatly here. Reaching the semi-finals in the Welsh Open, beating John Higgins for the second time in the China Open and reaching the final qualifying round by defeating European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson 10-9. While he is fantastically calm, he has a lot on his hands. This is a very interesting match. Un-Nooh made little work of Johnathan Bagley and Mark Joyce and will want to make make the most of this opportunity.
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It should be a close when, but it would be a surprise if Martin will beat someone of Perrys calibre at this stage. Two 10-1 wins against Simon Lichtenberg and Zhang Yong is brilliant. Joe Perry is someone who always has a place reserved at the Crucible. Finally, we have the final Judgement Day match! However, Martin ODonnell is having the season of his life, who reached three quarter-finals this season, including the UK Championship. He couldnt have had a easier route to Judgement Day if he tried.
Next for him is Tom Ford, who made three Crucible appearances in his career. I expect a very close match but for Luo Honghao to make his Crucible debut. Ford beat Luo in the 2018 China Open, but that was when the Chinaman was an amateur. The rookie did it in such style. He came through a banana to beat the highly-rated Sam Craigie. I had a slight niggle that Luo Honghao was going to beat Marco Fu. It was even more impressive to beat Williams 10-8, considering he was 3-7 down.
Heres an interview I did with him here. But this is a chance to be the first Cypriot at the Crucible! This is the perfect opportunity for Yan to show that hes back and I can see him winning comfortably. Georgiou hasnt built on the success of winning the 2018 Snooker Shoot-Out and it has been mediocre. Yan Bingtao has fallen down in the estimations of a number of fans, also failing to build on reaching the final of the Northern Ireland Open. There was a fair amount of head-scratching when Michael Georgiou defeated Peter Ebdon, a result I didnt see coming.
While Donaldson cemented his place in the Top 64, Lu is still outside it, but he has another year on his card to get there. He needs to receive that baton. After Anthony McGill, there havent been many Scots coming through recently. Two young players who have grafted their way as a professional snooker player for many years. I would like to see Scott win here because he seemed unfazed by big occasions. Most importantly, this match means that there will definitely be a debutant in this years World Championships. Both players beat good opponents in Mark King and Ken Doherty.
This format just comes easy to him. Kurt Maflin also got through with little difficulty, sweeping past amateurs Mitchell Mann and Pang Junxu. I believe Dott is more prepared to win the match here after facing two professionals. Dott conceded just six frames against Hamza Akbar and Xu Si. Maflin is still prone to unforced errors and failing to kill the frame off. So I expect to see Dott again. A Crucible without Graeme Dott would be very weird indeed. He attended every World Championship since 2000 bar one.
He really shifted another gear and hit consecutive breaks of 107, 83, 113, 100 and 65 to win 10-6. Both had fairly unspectacular seasons, though Wells did reach the Scottish Open semi-finals before being edged out 6-5 by Mark Allen. After defeating compatriot Jamie Clarke 10-5, he was 6-5 down to Iranian Hossein Vafaei. Wells is scoring seriously good. This is a match between two SightRight players. While Gould had the juggernaut of Mustafa Dorgham (oh dear) and Gerard Greene, Wells had a trickier route. Gould is another staple of the Crucible and to be honest, Im feeling bold.
PREVIEW: Judgement Day at the World Snooker Championship Qualifiers
There are nine Chinese players, a Thai, an Irish, a Norwegian, a Cypriot, an Israeli and the usual posse of some English, Irish and Welsh players. We are already set to make history. If there is anything that any sport loves for the papers to lap up, its history-making! An amateur will qualify for the World Championships for the first time. Now that Judgement Day has come upon us, it seems we have a cosmopolitan set of fixtures.
Woollaston is gaining form at the right time. Li isnt a heavy scorer but is always hanging by someones coattails. Li Hang is currently the highest ranked player to never qualify for the World Championship at the moment and this is his best chance. 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. He was put through the ringer against Ian Burns and finished last before winning 10-8.
Just to be Mr. Angry get, well, angry. However, I can see only one winner here. Defeating Yuan Sijun and Michael White is no mean feat. He had a kind group to qualify through and it showed, pushing aside Paul Davison and Jimmy White, conceding just five frames. 102. He is a very chalk and cheese player, with a lot of people hoping to see him draw against Ronnie OSullivan. Ali Carter is a staple at the Crucible, having been at the World Championship every year since 2003. Astley went completely under the radar (read more here) and is the lowest ranked player on the professional tour in the event at No.
However, I will go with Milkins based on form alone. Both players reached the second round of the World Championship last year, but unfortunately this time, one of these fine players has to go. Both have very good Crucible records, especially Anthony McGill, who was present every year since 2015. This is a proper clash of the titans. Neither player has faced each other in a match larger than a BO7 and the longer format fits them both.