O’Sullivan To Face Ding At The Masters

Seven-time Masters champion Ronnie O’Sullivan will face China’s top player Ding Junhui in the first round at the Masters at Alexandra Palace next month.

The draw for snooker’s biggest invitation event was done today with the top eight seeds pitched at random against those seeded nine to 16.

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Crowd favourite O’Sullivan, who lifted the trophy in 1995, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2016 and 2017, has won all four previous meetings with Ding at the Masters, including the 2007 final and 2019 semi-final.

Stuart Bingham, who beat Ali Carter in the final last year, will begin the defence of his title against debutant Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. Thailand’s Un-Nooh will become the first player from his country to compete in the Masters since James Wattana in 1999.

Neil Robertson will face the other debutant – China’s Yan Bingtao – while world number one Judd Trump will take on David Gilbert.

The draw is:

Stuart Bingham v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Shaun Murphy v Mark Williams
Mark Selby v Stephen Maguire
Neil Robertson v Yan Bingtao
Judd Trump v David Gilbert
Kyren Wilson v Jack Lisowski
John Higgins v Mark Allen
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Ding Junhui

The match schedule will be released this afternoon.

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