WST has published the draw as well as the qualifiers format for the 2021 Scottish Open … to be played in Llandudno in Wales.
BetVictor Scottish Open Draw
The draw and format for the 2021 BetVictor Scottish Open is now available.
The qualifying round will run from September 24 to 29 at the Barnsley Metrodome, followed by the final stages at Venue Cymru in Llandudno from December 6 to 12.
The matches involving the top 16 seeds and the two wild card nominations will be held over to the final venue. Top stars including Mark Selby, Ronnie O’Sullivan, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy, Mark Williams and John Higgins will be in Llandudno.
Selby, who beat O’Sullivan in the final last year, will be up against Sean Maddocks in the opening round.
O’Sullivan will face Dominic Dale while Murphy has been drawn against three-time Women’s World Champion Ng On Yee.
Scotland’s top player John Higgins will meet Alfie Burden while Trump will be up against Robert Milkins.
The two Scottish wild cards are:
Liam Graham, number two in the under-21 events from the 2019-20 rankings (number one was Dean Young who is now on the tour). He was also the top under-16 player from the 2019-20 rankings.
Amaan Iqbal, Scotland’s top ranked under-21 player from the senior rankings in 2019-20.
Let’s just say that the defending champion got a free pass to the last 64 as his opponent has won just one match since turning pro last season and only yesterday managed to lose again, by 4-3, having lead 3-0. Ronnie, John Higgins, Mark Williams and Judd Trump all face a stronger challenge.
Those are the qualifiers matches that draw my attention:
Gary Wilson v Cao Yupeng
Alex Ursenbacher v Luca Brecel
Liang Wenbo v Elliot Slessor
Joe O’Connor v Jamie Jones
Note that, once again, Ronnie could face Elliot Slessor early in the event. He could also face Hendry in the last 32 if both make it that far.
Ding is in the draw as well and it’s a bit surprising that he isn’t mentioned in the above article, unless it’s because WST isn’t too confident that he will actually be there.