Day three in Beijing saw a missed black from Mark Selby cost him a 147, while recent PTC Grand Finals winner Ding Junhui exited his home tournament with a 5-3 defeat to Barry Hawkins in the opening session.
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So what impact do today’s results have upon the provisional World Championship draw?
As it stands, the potential drawsheet for the Crucible now looks like this:
O’Sullivan (1) v Carter (16)
Bingham (9) v Higgins (8)
Allen (5) v Dott (12)
Stevens (13) v Robertson (4)
Selby (3) v Walden (14)
Williams (11) v Murphy (6)
Maguire (7) v Ding (10)
Hawkins (15) v Trump (2)
Compared to yesterday then, there have been a number of changes with Mark Allen moving up three places and therefore moving himself out of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s quarter, with Shaun Murphy, Stephen Maguire and John Higgins all changing places as a result.
Elsewhere, wins for Stuart Bingham and Mark Williams also saw them gain places today, as well as Ricky Walden, who moved above Barry Hawkins with victory against Ken Doherty.
Further down the seedings list, defeat for Liang Wenbo to Stuart Bingham was good news for Fergal O’Brien, who should now remain part of the world’s top 32 at the cut-off, while Jimmy Robertson’s loss to namesake Neil will mean that Anthony McGill will retain a top 48 seeding for Sheffield.
The action continues…