Seeds Settling For Crucible Showpiece

While the various seeding tiers for this year’s World Championship have now been decided, there are still a couple of issues to sort out as far as the placement in the draw of the top 16 seeded players is concerned. Click below for more…

For those confused by what I am referring to, each year the top 16 players in the seedings list for the World Championship are placed in the draw in a set way, so that in the last 16, seeds 1 & 16 will, meet, 2 & 15 will meet, 3 & 14 will meet and so on.

This means that on semi-final morning, the potential Crucible draw (excluding qualifiers), is looking like this:

Higgins (1) v Bingham (16)
Dott (9) v Ding (8)

Murphy (5) v Lee (12)
Carter (13) v Trump (4)

Williams (3) v O’Sullivan (14)
Gould (11) v N.Robertson (6)

Maguire (7) v Allen (10)
Stevens (15) v Selby (2)

What can change?

Currently seeded fifth, Shaun Murphy can move up a place to number four if he were to go all the way and win his first Welsh Open title this weekend. This would have the effect of seeing him swap positions with Judd Trump, although both would remain in the same quarter.

Another potential mover is Shaun’s semi-final opponent Ding Junhui, who again by winning the title could move up a place ahead of Stephen Maguire and switch places with the Scot in the draw. This would have a more significant impact as Ding would then move into the bottom quarter and a potential last 16 clash with Mark Allen, while Maguire would move up into what would become a largely Scottish top quarter with John Higgins and Graeme Dott already there.

The final potential climber is Ronnie O’Sullivan, who with a win against Mark Selby today would move up to 12th position, regardless of what would then happen in the final. This would see O’Sullivan move up into the top quarter and a potential quarter-final with Judd Trump, perhaps even a last 16 clash with Judd if Murphy were to defeat O’Sullivan in this week’s Newport final.

Success for Ronnie today would also have the effect of moving Ali Carter into the bottom half and a potential last 16 match with Mark Williams.

Does the potential draw affect your tips for the title in Sheffield, who do you think comes out of that best as it currently stands? Leave your comments below…