Professional Snooker - 2016 Shanghai Masters Qualifying
30th August-2nd September / Metrodome, Barnsley, England
SHANGHAI VIA BARNSLEY!
It will be the tenth edition of the Shanghai Masters, therefore it is particularly pleasant to see a full compliment of Top 16 stars taking up their invites. But before the TV stages come September 19th-25th, 16 qualifying spots are up for grabs over the next four days at the Metrodome in Barnsley.
As per previously standing contract arrangements, the Shanghai Masters still adopts the old fashioned 'tiered' qualifying structure. To clearly see what that entails, please visit snooker.org's tournament page through this link here.
Those starting out on Tuesday will (somewhat unfairly) have to win four matches just to get to the main venue in China.
One of those players includes Jimmy White, fresh from his first major ranking Quarter-Final appearance in over 12 years at yesterday's Paul Hunter Classic. 'The Whirlwind' initially faces a tough assignment against Daniel Wells, and should he overcome that hurdle, will then meet Tom Ford - the weekend's PHC runner-up.
Elsewhere in Round 1, exciting Thai prospect Akani Songsermsawad (recent Indian Open Quarter-Finalist), Yan Bingtao, Liam Highfield (Paul Hunter Classic Last 16) and Zhang Anda (World Open Last 16) also feature.
The highest ranked player beginning at the back of the grid is World Number 67 Martin O'Donnell, whilst there are six amateur Q-School top-up players present.
The 'middle tier' of entrants range from the in-form Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (World Number 33) to Nigel Bond (World Number 66). Players in this bracket will have to jump a trio of hurdles in order to make the Grand Stage venue.
Finally, on the Friday, we will see the introduction of players ranked 17-32 - the entire Top 32 have entered the event.
All matches are the best of 9 frames with a traditional mid-session interval.
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Written and published by Michael Day on the 29th August 2016