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Live Snooker on Tuesday: World Championship Qualifiers 2017 Day Seven preview and order of play

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 11 Apr 2017
Teenager Yan Bingtao aims to secure a dream Crucible debut (credit:World Snooker)

The third and final qualifying round of the 2017 World Championship commences at Ponds Forge on Tuesday as the 32 remaining hopefuls bid to put one foot on the hallowed Crucible carpet.

The hopes of 96 players have already been crushed over a gripping six days of qualifying, now those left standing are just one win away from a meeting with a top 16 seed in the sport's show-piece.



A host of former ranking event winners remaining in the running, while this year's World Championship is already guaranteed at least two debutants.

Two emerging stars will battle it out for the right to make their first Crucible appearance as 17-year-old Yan Bingtao takes on 20-year-old Alexander Ursenbacher.

Bingtao, a former World Cup winner with China B, is widely regarded as China's hottest up and coming star and has already seen off Sam Craigie and veteran Mark Davis so far.

Ursenbacher, meanwhile, is bidding to become the first Swiss player ever to reach the main stages of this tournament, having stunned Robert Mikins and Scott Donaldson en route to this final hurdle.

Belgium's Luca Brecel is targeting only his second World Championship appearance, but faces a tough test in the shape of two-time quarter-finalist Dominic Dale.

Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King faces China's heavy-scoring Xiao Guodong, while former German Masters champion Martin Gould looks to end the run of Yu Delu.

Mark Williams of Wales in action (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Having already dispatched Mei Xi Wen and Joe Perry, Thailand's Akani Songsermsawad looks to mark a fairy-tale debut qualification by overcoming former UK Championship semi-finalist David Grace.

Gary Wilson, who produced a 147 break in Round One, aims to continue his blistering run of form when he meets 2013 quarter-finalist Michael White.

Peter Ebdon, World Champion 15 years ago, takes on world number 23 Michael Holt in what promises to be a close-run contest, while Row Lawler looks to end his 21-year Crucible exile at the expense of Jimmy Robertson.

Two-time Crucible king Mark Williams, the highest ranked player in qualifying action, aims to kick on from his deciding frame success over Liam Highfield when he takes on Grimsby's Stuart Carrington.

China Open semi-finalist Hossein Vafaei is bidding to become the first Iranian ever to qualify for the World Championship when he meets Leicester ace Tom Ford.

Graeme Dott, the 2006 World Champion, faces a tricky test against 2012 quarter-finalist Jamie Jones, while another intriguing tie sees Ben Woollaston up against teenage sensation Zhou Yuelong.

Two-time Crucible semi-finalist Stephen Maguire looks to secure an immediate return to the main event by denying one of five Chinese hopefuls - Li Hang.

Twenty years after reaching the Quarter-Finals, Welshman Lee Walker looks to secure a fairy-tale comeback by denying Thailand's Noppon Saengkham his Crucile bow.

Former Masters runner-up Fergal O'Brien is faced with a show-down against Tamworth ace David Gilbert, while the methodical Rory McLeod takes on world number 104 - Hammad Miah.

The action gets underway from 11am BST, with a maximum of ten frames to be contested at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in Sheffield.

Betfred World Championship Qualifiers 2017 match schedule

Tuesday April 11

Round Three

11am
101 Mark King v Xiao Guodong
105 Akani Songsermsawad v David Grace
106 Luca Brecel v Dominic Dale
107 Gary Wilson v Michael White
109 Michael Holt v Peter Ebdon
110 Rod Lawler v Jimmy Robertson
111 Yan Bingtao v Alexander Ursenbacher
112 Yu Delu v Martin Gould

5pm
97 Mark Williams v Stuart Carrington
98 Tom Ford v Hossein Vafaei
99 Lee Walker v Noppon Saengkham
100 Li Hang v Stephen Maguire
102 Ben Woollaston v Zhou Yuelong
103 Jamie Jones v Graeme Dott
104 Fergal O'Brien v David Gilbert
108 Rory McLeod v Hammad Miah



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Live Snooker on Tuesday: World Championship Qualifiers 2017 Day Seven preview and order of play

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