English Open 2018 Draw anf Format

Worldsnooker has just published the draw and format for the English Open 2018

Defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan has been drawn against Kurt Maflin in the first round of next week’s English Open.

The tournament at K2 Crawley runs from October 15 to 21, with 128 players competing for the Steve Davis Trophy.

O’Sullivan beat Kyren Wilson 9-2 in last year’s final and is now set to play in a ranking event for the first time this season. He will face Norway’s Maflin on Monday October 15 (not before 1pm).

Click here for the full draw

Click here for the format

World Champion Mark Williams will take on fellow Welshman Dominic Dale in the same session. And in Monday’s evening session, world number one Mark Selby will play Sanderson Lam.

On Tuesday October 16, showpiece matches will include John Higgins facing Li Yuan and Judd Trump playing Robin Hull.

Televised by Eurosport and Quest, it is the first of the season’s Home Nations series, to be followed by tournaments in Belfast, Glasgow and Cardiff. Any player winning all four trophies will bank a massive £1 million bonus.

Well, once again this isn’t the kindest draw for Ronnie, but maybe it’s as well because he sure knows how dangerous Kurt can be and that will give him a challenge.

6 thoughts on “English Open 2018 Draw anf Format

  1. Yes Kurt Maflin is easily Ronnie’s toughest match before the quarter-finals, especially since it’s the first one.

    For the first time this season, we have almost all of the professionals attending except Ding Junhui. Sadly the two Egyptians have also not appeared. I’ve got an open ticket, and as usual I’ll be trying to catch some of the upcoming players. The early matches don’t look too challenging for the top players (Mark Allen needs a good result, but might have to sweat a little against Anthony Hamilton). There will of course be the odd upset, and some of the second round matches could feature top-25 clashes

  2. With best of 7 every match every oponent is dangerous.
    You can have 4 good frames unlike 13 frames (at the Crucible).

    I can’t wait to see another snooker on TV. Before the English Open we have International Championship qualifier from tomorrow (without Ronnie).

      • I remembered the only time when they met.
        International Championship 2 years ago.
        Maflin was 4-3 up and had his chances to beat Ronnie.
        But Ronnie won by 6-4.

        I’m pretty confident about him (Ronnie).Would be nice to get some ranking money in his CV from this season

  3. I’ve started to believe that tougher draws are actually better for Ronnie, as he seems to prefer a challenge and tends to play better against better players.

    There’s no one too frightening in Ronnie’s path until the QF, when he might play Neil Robertson, Anthony McGill, or Kyren Wilson. On that note, it seems kinda silly that McGill and Wilson will probably face each other in the 2nd round…

    • Ronnie always loves the challenge. To give us something special. He seems really motivated when he faces a heavy opponent.

      I think that’s a proper reason to reach The Masters final 12 times already. Proper players (top16 of the world).
      And Ronnie played the CoC 4 times and reached the final 4 times.

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