Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump face talented youngsters on first day of English Open

November 1, 2022
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Phil Haigh ✍️  

Betfred World Snooker Championships 2022 - Day 11
Ronnie O’Sullivan will be a big test for teenager Ben Mertens (Picture: Getty Images)

A string of big names will be in action on the opening day of the English Open on Monday 12 December, including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby.

A couple of talented youngsters get a crack at last season’s World Championship finalists, with Jackson Page taking on Trump and Belgian teenager Ben Mertens playing O’Sullivan.

The world’s top 16 saw their first round matches held-over to the main stages, which sees the big names playing on the Monday, while most first round games have already been played, meaning we know that Thai cult hero Dechawat Poomjaeng awaits O’Sullivan if he beats Mertens.

Also on the opening day, highlights include Selby against Noppon Saengkham, Stuart Bingham meeting Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Kyren Wilson take on Reanne Evans.

English Open Draw

Neil Robertson/Andrew Pagett v Lei Peifan
Elliot Slessor v Chang Bingyu
Ryan Day/Asjad Iqbal v Hammad Miah
Ricky Walden v Liam Highfield
Peter Lines v Jimmy Robertson / tbd
Muhammad Asif v Barry Hawkins/Rod Lawler
Louis Heathcote v Matt Selt/tbd
Dominic Dale v Mark Williams/Matthew Stevens
John Higgins / Gerard Greene v Mark King
Robert Milkins v Julien Leclercq
Jack Lisowski / Sean O’Sullivan v Stuart Carrington
Ali Carter v Chen Zifan
Michael White v Anthony McGill
Sam Craigie v Shaun Murphy / Anthony Hamilton
Wu Yize v Cao Yupeng
Joe O’Connor v Mark Selby/Noppon Saengkham
Judd Trump/Jackson Page v Craig Steadman
Lu Ning v Fraser Patrick
Stuart Bingham/Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Tian Pengfei
David Gilbert v Yuan Sijun
Mark Davis v Scott Donaldson
Oliver Lines v Luca Brecel/Mark Joyce
Ken Doherty v Jamie Jones
Ben Woollaston v Kyren Wilson/Reanne Evans
Zhao Xintong/Allan Taylor v Andres Petrov
Zhang Anda v John Astley
Mark Allen/Mitchell Mann v Dylan Emery
Xu Si v Ding Junhui
Pang Junxu v Hossein Vafaei
Fan Zhengyi v Yan Bingtao/Ashley Hugill
Martin Gould v Gary Wilson
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Ronnie O’Sullivan/Ben Mertens

The English Open will be the final event of 2022, running from 12-18 December at the Brentwood Centre in Essex.

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