A look ahead to 2010…

Ok I know that it is a bit early to start looking ahead to next year but for a bit of fun I always like to have a little look ahead. Because of the way that the draw is mapped out according to the rankings at the Crucible, already we can see how next year will look, minus the qualifiers…

The draw for the last 32 at the 2010 World Snooker Championship will be as follows:

John Higgins
Qualifier

Mark King
Qualifier

Neil Robertson
Qualifier

Marco Fu
Qualifier

Ali Carter
Qualifier

Joe Perry
Qualifier

Ding Junhui
Qualifier

Shaun Murphy
Qualifier

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Stephen Maguire
Qualifier

Peter Ebdon
Qualifier

Mark Allen
Qualifier

Ryan Day
Qualifier

Mark Selby
Qualifier

Stephen Hendry
Qualifier

Mark Williams
Qualifier

Ronnie O’Sullivan
Qualifier

While it is hard to draw too many conclusions from that at this stage, given that we don’t know what sort of form the players will be in next season and we don’t know who the qualifiers will be, I still can’t help but looking ahead.

Looking at the draw you can’t help but be excited by that bottom quarter if all play well, while it will be interesting to see who will emerge from the top half of the draw which could throw up a repeat of this year’s final between Higgins and Murphy.

But that’s all for the future and there is a lot of snooker to be played between now and then!

  • http://snookersceney.blogspot.com/ Sammy@SnookerSceney

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  • matt2745

    The draw is set based on the rankings, so the number 1 seed plays the number 16 in the r16, number 2 plays number 15 and so on.

    Just made a change actually as I failed to take into account initially that Higgins will of course be the top seed, not O’Sullivan.

  • http://snookersceney.blogspot.com/ Sammy@SnookerSceney

    Still, bit random

  • matt2745

    True, but I’m the sort of person who always looks ahead and has to know what happens in a TV series before it is even on TV so I guess it’s the same sort of thing 😀

    I remember looking back last May and seeing that Ronnie would play Allen in the second round and thinking that would be a tricky one.

  • http://snookersceney.blogspot.com/ Sammy@SnookerSceney

    Allen Ronnie Prediciton…
    Not bad.

  • dannyboy

    Looks like some classic match ups! Bottom half very very tough. Robertson or Carter to make a break through and reach the final this time. Defending champs alwasy struggle so look for a new finalist from the top half.

  • matt2745

    Where would you want Steve to enter that draw if he makes it back?

  • firebyrd

    Also very interesting is next year’s race for top-16 ratings. The one-year rating now is extremely tight from Steve Davis on 14975 in 13th to Stephen Lee on 13619 on 25th. Above them the top 10 have a buffer of 3000 or more – and are all player’s in their prime or on the rise; it is hard to see any of those dropping out. The player on 11th can be said to be past his prime – but that does not say much as he is Hendry and he is also likely to remain.

    Walden on 12th seem to be the first candidate for not making it, but at 15825 he has a little head start, and is seeded for one event (SM) unlike many of the other contenders. He seems determined and able, and my guess is that he will make the cut. In that case that leaves just 4 places for the above mentioned 13 to fight about. Among those Perry, Ding, Ebdon, Williams & King have the advantage of holding current top16 seeding, which makes it a little easier to gather points. Still, Cope and Trump are hot tips for someone to make it difficult.

    I would like Williams, Ding, Cope and Trump to make it – but I sure wouldn’t mind if old Steve Davis could equal this year’s good season and get back in the top, I just find it hard to believe in seeing the opposition he is up against.

  • Glamour

    An immediate Mark Williams vs Ronnie O’Sullivan matchup. Of course, Walden and Trump are threatening,but still experience rules..Selby vs Hendry should be an interesting one also..

  • matt2745

    Very good comment firebyrd, I plan on looking at the rankings tomorrow but you have basically done it for me 😀 Will post the full lists and give my two cents worth then.

  • ddrIII

    Matt, awaiting for your full one-year-list very soon. 😀

  • http://www.thesnookerforum.com bongo@TSF.com (The Snooker Forum)

    Well there could be some cracking second round matches providing the seeds get past Round 1 next year, we could have:

    Murphy v. Ding
    Allen v. Day (repeat of this year!)
    Williams v. O’Sullivan

    I can’t wait!