World Grand Prix 2018 – Draw and Format

This was published by Worldsnooker yesterday

Ronnie O’Sullivan will face Robert Milkins in the first round of the  Ladbrokes World Grand Prix in Preston next Monday.

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The world ranking event runs from February 19 to 25 at the Guild Hall with snooker’s biggest stars battling for a top prize of £100,000. The top 32 players on the one-year ranking list have qualified for the tournament.

Five-time World Champion O’Sullivan tops that list and he will face Milkins on the opening evening of the tournament. In the same session, Luca Brecel faces a match against Michael Georgiou, who earned a place with a dramatic victory in the final counting event, the Coral Shoot Out.

Other first round clashes to look out for include John Higgins against Ali Carter (Tuesday afternoon), Judd Trump taking on Michael White (Tuesday evening) and Mark Selby against Jimmy Robertson (Wednesday afternoon).

The full draw is:

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Robert Milkins
Martin Gould v Yan Bingtao
Mark Allen v Xiao Guodong
John Higgins v Ali Carter
Shaun Murphy v Ricky Walden
Ryan Day v Jack Lisowski
Stephen Maguire v Li Hang
Luca Brecel v Michael Georgiou
Judd Trump v Michael White
Graeme Dott v Joe Perry
Neil Robertson v David Gilbert
Mark Selby v Jimmy Robertson
Ding Junhui v Mark King
Kyren Wilson v Mark Joyce
Anthony McGill v Cao Yupeng
Mark Williams v Stuart Bingham

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6 thoughts on “World Grand Prix 2018 – Draw and Format

  1. Hurray for that it needs to be said. 🙂

    In the other topic, yeah,someone had to win the shootout so good for Michael Georgiou, just it is a bit weird hearing the poor guy saying how he dreamt about winning a ranking title, but I doubt he dreamt about the shootout being his one an only ranking title… (for now anyway)

    • I honestly think that Michael won’t care which one it is, it’s officially a ranking title on his CV and one for Cyprus, and that will make him very proud.

  2. 5 of the 7 players that Ronnie has lost to this season are in his side of the draw at this tournament.

    In other news, while it’s silly that the Shoot Out counts as a ranking event, I was happy for Michael Georgiou to have won. He seems like a nice guy who has struggled and I felt sorry for him when he got demolished by Ronnie a few times earlier this season…

    • Someone had to win it and I’m happy it’s Michael Georgiou who is a nice unassuming guy. Hopefully it will do him a lot of good whilst it won’t deprive someone of a Crucible spot. yes, Ronnie has a tough draw here, and in the Welsh Open too BTW. Facing Robin Hull first round, followed by Graeme Dott possibly. And those best of 7 are banana skins for everyone anyway. But for me all that matters from now on is that he gets to the World Champs rested enough and in good form.

      • Yes, if Ronnie really is planning to play the WC this year, then he might as well do whatever is necessary to maximize his chances of winning. I hope he has sorted out his issues with dizziness and double vision that plagued him at the Masters…

      • Ronnie was asked the question during the Q&A on Sunday night about the WC and his answer was, yes, he will play in it. No “maybe”, no “if” or “but” … just yes.

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