World Snooker Championship 2013 - Full Draw & Match Schedule
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Ronnie O'Sullivan v Marcus Campbell - Sat 20 Apr 11am CEST
Allister Carter v Ben Woollaston - Mon 22 Apr 8pm CEST
Stuart Bingham v Sam Baird - Wed 24 Apr 8pm CEST
John Higgins v Mark Davis - Sun 21 Apr 3:30pm CEST
Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould - Sat 20 Apr 3:30pm CEST
Graeme Dott v Peter Ebdon - Sun 21 Apr 11am CEST
Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu - Tue 23 Apr 11am CEST
Judd Trump v Dominic Dale - Tue 23 Apr 3:30pm CEST
Neil Robertson v Robert Milkins - Wed 24 Apr 3:30pm CEST
Ricky Walden v Michael Holt - Sat 20 Apr 11am CEST
Mark Williams v Michael White - Sat 20 Apr 8pm CEST
Stephen Maguire v Dechawat Poomjaeng - Mon 22 Apr 3:30pm CEST
Mark Allen v Mark King - Mon 22 Apr 11am CEST
Ding Junhui v Alan McManus - Tue 23 Apr 11am CEST
Barry Hawkins v Jack Lisowski - Sat 20 Apr 3:30pm CEST
Mark Selby v Matthew Selt - Tue 23 Apr 8pm CEST
The draw for the Betfair World Snooker Championship 2013 at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, was made live today on the TalkSport radio station at their London HQ.
Defending champion and season-long absentee Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Scotland's Marcus Campbell on the opening day of the competition. Campbell is most famously known for whitewashing Stephen Hendry 9-0 in the 1998 UK Championship first round, but in recent years has won a PTC event and can be extremely dangerous.
I'm sure Campbell will revel in the attention that playing the four-times World Champion on the game's biggest stage will bring, and it should be a great match between the two on saturday.
Former world champion Graeme Dott will probably not be to pleased to be playing Peter Ebdon again (a repeat of their 2006 world final which went on way past midnight), but whoever comes through that will be confident of further progression in the tournament.
The two hardest games to predict in the first round are probably the Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould and Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu matches. Both Fu & Gould on recent results deserve to be top 16 players and they can both be extremely dangerous at the Crucible, not the starts Murphy & Stevens would of wanted.
1994 Masters champion Alan McManus will be back at the Crucible for the first time since the 2006 tournament and he is rewarded with a match against the 2011 Masters winner Ding Junhui who is looking like one of the pre-tournament favourites after his commanding win at the PTC Grand Finals last month.
Other exciting matches include dangerous qualifier Robert Milkins who takes on China Open champion Neil Robertson, an all-Welsh clash between two-times World Champion Mark Williams and Crucible debutant Michael White and Barry Hawkins takes on fellow Englishman and thrilling young potter Jack Lisowski.
The Betfair World Snooker Championship 2013 kicks off this Saturday and as usual it will be covered throughout by the BBC and EuroSport with international viewers being able to watch all the action on Liveworldsnooker.tv.
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