WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Perry meets champion Selby in Crucible opener
Joe Perry received the toughest possible draw when the 32 players were paired up for the first round of the World Championsip today (April 19).
The 43 year-old Chatteris potter will meet defending champion and world number one Mark Selby in the first game of the tournament at The Crucible on Staurday (April 21) starting at 10am.
Selby is chasing a fourth title - he won it in 2014, 2016 and 2017 - and is peaking at the right time claiming the latest big title on offer in China earlier this month.
World number 22 Perry came through the qualifying rounds to get to The Crucible.
Five-time winner and favourite Ronnie O’Sullivan faces a difficult first round match against Stephen Maguire.
O’Sullivan is chasing a record sixth ranking title of the season and his match against Maguire (Saturday 2.30pm) is the standout tie of the opening round.
World Snooker Championship 2018 draw
Mark Selby v Joe Perry
Ronnie O’Sullivan v Stephen Maguire
Ding Junghui v Xiao Goudong
Judd Trump v Chris Wakelin
John Higgins v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Barry Hawkins v Stuart Carrington
Mark Williams v Jimmy Robertson
Shaun Murphy v Jamie Jones
Kyren Wilson v Matthew Stevens
Neil Robertson v Robert Milkins
Marco Fu v Lyu Haotian
Stuart Bingham v Jack Lisowski
Luca Brecel v Ricky Walden
Anthony McGill v Ryan Day
Ali Carter v Graeme Dott
Mark Allen v Liam Highfield