Cazoo World Championship Qualifiers Set to Kick Off with Strongest Field Ever

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The Cazoo World Championship is set to witness an unprecedented level of competition as star names including Neil Robertson, Jack Lisowski, Stuart Bingham, Stephen Maguire, Si Jiahui, Anthony McGill, Ryan Day, and Hossein Vafaei headline the qualifiers. With the draw and format now available, anticipation is building for the intense battles scheduled to take place from April 8th to 17th at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

Among the contenders are former Crucible king Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski, both having dropped out of the elite this season. They face a tough road ahead, needing to triumph in two matches to secure a coveted spot in the Theatre of Dreams for the main event, running from April 20th to May 6th.

The qualifying rounds will see players seeded outside the top 16, including Robertson and Lisowski, vying for their place in the prestigious tournament. The stakes are high, with those starting in the opening round, including 16 invited amateurs, needing to win four matches to earn their Crucible berth.

Exciting matchups await, with six-time world finalist Jimmy White set to clash with Martin Gould in the first round, while new women’s World Champion Bai Yulu will face off against Jenson Kendrick.

The climax of the qualifying event, dubbed Judgement Day, will unfold on April 16th and 17th, determining the final entrants to the Crucible. Fans worldwide can catch all the action from round one onwards on discovery+ and streaming platforms. Additionally, the Judgement Day proceedings, presented by Rob Walker, Ken Doherty, and David Hendon, will be streamed live and free on WST’s YouTube and Facebook channels.

The seeding structure sets the stage for intense competition, with matches contested over the best of 19 frames. Session times are scheduled at 10 am, 2:30 pm, and 7 pm for the first three rounds, followed by 11 am and 5 pm sessions for Judgement Day.

As the qualifiers unfold, anticipation mounts for the draw for the first round at the Crucible, slated for the morning of Thursday, April 18th. Fans can tune in to BBC Radio Five Live for the draw announcement or catch the live broadcast on the BBC Sport website.

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