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The draw for the 2008 World Snooker Championship was conducted at The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield today by the famous cricketing umpire Dickie Bird. It was broadcast online around the world. The following draw was made:

Seed   Qualifier
Template:Flagicon John Higgins v Matthew Stevens Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Ryan Day v Michael Judge Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Ding Junhui v Marco Fu Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Stephen Hendry v Mark Allen Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Ronnie O'Sullivan v Liu Chuang Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Mark Williams v Mark Davis Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Stephen Lee v Joe Swail Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Ken Doherty v Liang Wenbo Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Shaun Murphy v Dave Harold Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Allister Carter v Barry Hawkins Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Mark Selby v Mark King Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Peter Ebdon v Jamie Cope Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Neil Robertson v Nigel Bond Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Stephen Maguire v Anthony Hamilton Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Steve Davis v Stuart Bingham Template:Flagicon
Template:Flagicon Graeme Dott v Joe Perry Template:Flagicon


The best match is undoubtedly the Higgins-Stevens game, the reigning two-time champion against twice a runner-up. Hendry-Allen should be entertaining, too. There will be the first ever all-Chinese match in the history of the World Championship, as Ding takes on Fu. The oldest man in the draw is Steve Davis, he's now 50, but will be favourite to win against Stuart Bingham. He will need to win that match, and probably his second round game to remain in the top 16. Davis is the oldest player in the event since Terry Griffiths in the 1997 World Snooker Championship. There are a record number of qualifiers from China, 3 or 4 if you include Hong Kong (Fu). Liu Chuang starts against Ronnie O'Sullivan, and Liang Wenbo plays Ken Doherty, the 1997 champion.

A more detailed preview will be shortly written.

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