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Live Snooker on Friday: China Open Qualifiers 2017 – Day Four preview and order of play

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Mark Williams survives Zhao Xintong scare to qualify for the China Open as Jimmy White also advances

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Stephen Maguire enjoys whitewash win in China Open Qualifiers as McManus and Gilbert also advance

Stephen Maguire won the China Open in 2008 (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Stephen Maguire won the China Open in 2008 (credit: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Former champion Stephen Maguire headlines the final day of action when he takes on Thailand’s Boonyarit Keattikun in the 2017 China Open Qualifiers at the Preston Guild Hall.

There are 11 matches to look forward to on Friday, when the 64-man field will be completed ahead of the final stages in Beijing in March.

World number 25 Maguire, who lifted this trophy nine years ago, will be hoping this is the start of his surge back into the top 16 before the final cut-off point for the World Championship in April.

Ironically, it was a strong run to the semi-finals in Beijing that secured his Crucible berth last year, and he is eyeing a case of deja vu 12 months on.

The Scotsman will be a heavy favourite to advance to the final stages against Keattikun, who was won just one match in ranking events since joining the tour last May.

That came in the German Masters Qualifiers before Christmas, but a victory here would undoubtedly be the biggest of the 21-year-old’s career so far.

Alan McManus is in action against China's Chen Zhe (Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Alan McManus is in action against China’s Chen Zhe (Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

There are two other top-32 players on display on Friday as world number 20 David Gilbert faces Kurt Dunham, while Alan McManus is up against Chen Zhe.

Former finalist Jamie Cope, who was runner-up in 2007, takes on Rod Lawler, as Matthew Stevens locks horns with Josh Boileau.

Meanwhile, Joe Swail and Andrew Higginson face Paul Davison and Christoper Keogan respectively, and Jimmy Robertson clashes with Cao Yupeng.

The rest of the action includes an all-Chinese clash between Li Hang and Fang Xiongman, while Alfie Burden and Akani Songsermsawad face off in a battle of the left-handers and Robin Hull plays Gareth Allen.

Play at the Preston Guild Hall gets underway at 10am GMT on Friday with all matches being contested over the best of nine frames, and the winners advancing to the final stages of the 2017 China Open.

China Open Qualifiers 2017 Schedule

Friday January 27


43 Robin Hull 4-5 Gareth Allen

47 Joe Swail v Paul S Davison

50 Rod Lawler 2-5 Jamie Cope

51 Alan McManus 5-1 Chen Zhe

52 Matthew Stevens 5-3 Josh Boileau

54 Li Hang 5-3 Fang Xiongman


55 Stephen Maguire v Boonyarit Keattikun

57 Andrew Higginson v Christopher Keogan

58 David Gilbert v Kurt Dunham

61 Jimmy Robertson v Cao Yupeng

63 Alfie Burden v Akani Songsermsawad