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Ronnie O’Sullivan to maintain world primary spot in snooker rankings

Ronnie O’Sullivan gained’t be caught this week on the earth snooker rankings – prolonging his stint because the primary on the listing.

Following his last-minute withdrawal within the British Open, O’Sullivan left the door ajar for his nearest challengers to say the world primary place.

World champion Luca Brecel wanted to solely attain the final 32 in Cheltenham however bowed out on the opening hurdle on Monday.

That offered Mark Allen, the present world quantity three, a possibility to grow to be the main participant within the rolling two-year standings.

The Pistol wanted to say the £100,000 champion’s cheque that’s being awarded for capturing the British Open title this week, however he misplaced within the final 64 to Kyren Wilson on Wednesday.

With extra factors to defend between now and the tip of the 2023/24 snooker season, it’s nonetheless probably that O’Sullivan can be usurped as primary on the earth rankings race in some unspecified time in the future.

Nonetheless, for now the latest Shanghai Masters champion maintains his coveted standing – a place he has held since April in 2022.

In the meantime, defending champion Ryan Day bowed out of the British Open on day three after a 4-2 reverse towards Ali Carter.

John Higgins and Stuart Bingham had been different notable names to fall following respective defeats to Robbie Williams and Ishpreet Singh.

There are nonetheless loads of heavy hitters left, together with the likes of Wilson, Mark Selby, Jack Lisowski, and European Masters champion Barry Hawkins.

The tie of the fourth spherical within the random draw sees Mark Williams entertain Ding Junhui at The Centaur.

By the tip of Thursday’s play, the eight quarter-finalists in what’s the third rating occasion of the marketing campaign can be identified.

British Open draw and schedule

Final 128

(held over fixtures)

Robert Milkins 4-2 Jiang Jun
Judd Trump 4-2 Anton Kazakov
Ali Carter 4-3 Allan Taylor
Luca Brecel 3-4 Ding Junhui
Gary Wilson 4-1 Ahmed Aly Elsayed
Neil Robertson 4-1 Jamie Clarke
Mark Allen 4-1 Anthony McGill
Mark Williams 4-1 Peng Yisong
Mark Selby 4-2 Ben Woollaston
Ryan Day 4-0 Sean O’Sullivan
Kyren Wilson 4-1 Martin O’Donnell
Steven Hallworth 0-4 Jimmy Robertson
Shaun Murphy 4-1 Rebecca Kenna
Jack Lisowski 4-3 Joe O’Connor
John Higgins 4-1 Lengthy Zehuang
Barry Hawkins 4-1 Stan Moody

Final 64

Xu Si 4-0 Ali Carter
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 1-4 Oliver Strains
Ma Hailong 4-0 Mohamed Ibrahim
Yuan Sijun 4-0 Ben Mertens
Judd Trump 3-4 Hammad Miah
Oliver Brown 2-4 Hossein Vafaei
Lyu Haotian 3-4 David Gilbert
Noppon Saengkham 2-4 Fergal O’Brien
Si Jiahui 4-1 Neil Robertson
Stephen Maguire 2-4 Mark Williams
Scott Donaldson 4-0 Liam Graham
Jamie Jones 0-4 Julien Leclercq
Robert Milkins 1-4 Barry Hawkins
Ken Doherty 3-4 Matthew Stevens
Jimmy Robertson 4-3 Wu Yize
Andy Hicks 2-4 Graeme Dott
Jack Lisowski 4-3 Shaun Murphy
Gary Wilson 4-3 Chris Wakelin
Anthony Hamilton 0-4 Xiao Guodong
Rod Lawler 4-1 Dominic Dale
Ryan Day 4-1 Thor Chuan Leong
Ding Junhui 4-3 Liu Hongyu
Fan Zhengyi 4-1 Ross Muir
He Guoqiang 4-1 Muhammad Asif
John Higgins 1-4 Robbie Williams
Mark Selby 4-2 Tian Pengfei
Daniel Wells 2-4 Ashley Carty
Matthew Selt 4-1 Zak Surety
Mark Allen 0-4 Kyren Wilson
Stuart Bingham 2-4 Ishpreet Singh
Tom Ford 4-3 Ashley Hugill
David Grace 3-4 Sanderson Lam

Final 32

Matthew Stevens 3-4 Fergal O’Brien
Yuan Sijun 2-4 Hossein Vafaei
Mark Williams 4-2 Gary Wilson
Hammad Miah 3-4 Ma Hailong
Graeme Dott 4-0 Ashley Carty
Ali Carter 4-2 Ryan Day
Julien Leclercq 0-4 Ding Junhui
Oliver Strains 1-4 He Guoqiang

Thursday, September twenty eighth

1pm BST
Scott Donaldson vs Robbie Williams
David Gilbert vs Ishpreet Singh
Xiao Guodong vs Sanderson Lam
Barry Hawkins vs Kyren Wilson

Roll-on / Roll-off
Si Jiahui vs Mark Selby
Jimmy Robertson vs Tom Ford
Rod Lawler vs Fan Zhengyi
Jack Lisowski vs Matthew Selt

Thursday, September twenty eighth

Final 16

7pm BST
Ding Junhui vs Mark Williams
Graeme Dott vs Hossein Vafaei
Ali Carter vs Xiao/Lam
Ford/J. Robertson vs R. Williams/Donaldson

Roll-on / Roll-off
Hawkins/Ok. Wilson vs He
Ma vs Fan/Lawler
Gilbert/Singh vs Si/Selby
Lisowski/Selt vs Fergal O’Brien

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