Race to the Crucible 2016: Live Blog


It has all come down to this – the 2016 China Open is now underway in Beijing, following which the world’s top 16 players will be guaranteed to appear at the Crucible stages of next month’s World Championship.

For a summary of how the position stood prior to the Monday’s action, please read my comprehensive blog at WPBSA.com, or continue reading below for the very latest position as the week progresses:

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O’Sullivan Withdraws From China Open


Ronnie O’Sullivan has pulled out of next week’s China Open world ranking event for health reasons.

O’Sullivan was due to meet either Robin Hull or Yan Bingtao in his opening match in Beijing on the evening of Tuesday March 31, so the winner of that match will receive a bye to the last 32.

The China Open runs from March 30 to April 5.

Draws Released For India/China Qualifiers


Following today’s revision to the seedings list, World Snooker have now published the draws for both the India Open and China Open tournaments, with the qualifiers set to be held between Thursday and Sunday this week at the Barnsley Metrodome.

You can view the links to the draws and formats here at World Snooker, or alternatively for both India and China at the ever-excellent snookerorg.

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Tour Survival 2013/14 – Player by Player (March Update)

With just two tournaments still to be played this season and both the European and Asian Orders of Merit now set, the battle for main tour places next season is now down to the two final events, the China Open and World Championship.

Click below then for an updated look at the current position and in particular those in need of victories further down the rankings if they are to avoid a trip to Q School in May…

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