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Live Snooker on Tuesday August 7: World Open 2018 Day Two preview and order of play

Judd Trump reacts (credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

The First Round draws to a close at the 2018 World Open in Yushan on Tuesday as a number of big names aim to avert an early exit.

The opening day saw a majority of decorated stars overcome their first hurdle, though the likes of Ding Junhui and Mark Williams were forced to come through nervy last-frame deciders in the Preliminary Round.

Defending champion Ding can be forgiven for having other things on his mind given the imminent birth of his first child, but will look to remain as focused as possible on the table when he faces compatriot Yuan Sijun in Round One.

Ding dug deep to claim the last two frames against veteran James Wattana in their held over tie on Monday and now faces one of China's bright young emerging talents - who reached the 2016 Shanghai Masters aged just 16.

World number one Mark Selby aims to maintain the form which saw him warm up for this event in perfect style by winning the Haining Open at the weekend when he takes on Elliot Slessor.

Selby, who suffered a shock First Round exit at The Crucible back in April, will be keen to get his hands on this trophy for the first time, but is tasked with a tricky opener against the Tyneside cueist who has twice beaten Ronnie O'Sullivan in ranking competition.

Mark Selby lines up a shot (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
World number five Judd Trump gets his season underway with a clash against Martin O'Donnell in the second session of the day.

Trump retained the European Masters title last year and also reached the final of the Shanghai Masters and will be keen to claim major silverware in China for the first time in two and a half years.

Riga Masters champion Neil Robertson continues his quest for back-to-back ranking titles when he faces Hong Kong's Andy Lee - who came through Qualifying School to earn a Tour Card in May.

Last year's beaten finalist Kyren Wilson opens up with a tie against York's Paul Davison, while teenage sensation Yan Bingtao faces in-form Stuart Carrington - a semi-finalist in the recent Riga Masters.

Reigning Masters champion Mark Allen, who claimed this title back-to-back in 2012 and 2013, begins his bid for a hat-trick in Yushan when he meets 20-year-old Lyu Haotian - who reached the Last 16 of this year's World Championship on his debut as a qualifier.

Having twice come from behind to deny Germany's Lukas Kleckers, three-time World Champion Mark Williams looks to avoid another potential banana skin when he meets Swiss star Alexander Ursenbacher.

James Cahill's reward for a 5-1 rout of Liang Wenbo on Monday is a First Round meeting with Andrew Higginson, while Michael Holt takes on Mark Davis in what looks to be a closely-matched contest.

The action gets underway from 7.30am BST, with all matches to be contested over the best of nine frames.


World Open 2018 Match Schedule


All times BST (Local time seven hours ahead)

Tuesday August 7

Round One (LS = Live Streamed)

7.30am
12 James Cahill v Andrew Higginson
25 Mark Selby v Elliot Slessor (LS)
29 Michael Georgiou v Xiao Guodong 
31 Mark Joyce v Anthony Hamilton
32 Simon Lichtenberg v Mei Xi Wen
33 Kyren Wilson v Paul S Davison (LS)
34 Harvey Chandler v Kurt Maflin
35 Mark Allen v Lyu Haotian

12.30pm
9 Ding Junhui v Yuan Sijun (LS)
16 Andy Lee v Neil Robertson
18 Michael Holt v Mark Davis
20 Yan Bingtao v Stuart Carrington
24 Martin O'Donnell v Judd Trump (LS)
37 Mike Dunn v Joe Perry
39 Ben Woollaston v Chang Bingyu
40 Alexander Ursenbacher v Mark Williams


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