Snooker: Robertson, Murphy And Davis Among Newport Qualifiers

Neil Robertson, Shaun Murphy and Steve Davis were among the star names to come through the qualifying rounds of the BetVictor Welsh Open, which starts tomorrow at the Newport Centre.

A new structure for the world ranking event meant that only the top four seeds (Ding Junhui, Mark Selby, Judd Trump and John Higgins) plus the top four Welsh players (Mark Williams, Matthew Stevens, Ryan Day and Dominic Dale) were guaranteed a place at the venue. All other players had to go through the qualifiers in Sheffield, which finished last night.

Former World and Masters champion Robertson had a tough match against up-and-coming Welsh player Duane Jones, coming from 2-1 down to win 4-3. The Australian will now face Ian Burns in Newport.

Murphy scored a 4-2 win over Thepchiaya Un-Nooh to set up a match with India’s Pankaj Advani, while snooker legend Davis beat Kurt Maflin 4-2 to earn a meeting with world number one Selby on Monday afternoon.

Welsh amateur Gareth Allen will enjoy a dream debut at a ranking event venue on Monday at 1.30pm against four-time World Champion Higgins. The 24-year-old from Ewloe in Flintshire beat Rory McLeod 4-2.

Neath’s Daniel Wells edged out former world number three James Wattana 4-3 and will now face a Welsh derby against Dale.

The full draw is attached. The BBC Wales and Eurosport-televised tournament runs until Sunday February 17.

TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE and fans are advised to book their seats now. All-day tickets start at just £12 and fans can buy tickets for any three individual weekday sessions for just £20. To book call 01633 656 757 or visit

For a limited time, there is also an offer for students: half price tickets for all day sessions from Monday to Thursday. Simply quote STUDENT147 when booking (valid NUS card required upon entry to the arena).

The BetVictor Welsh Open is supported by Newport City Council.

Date: Sunday February 10, 2013
Contact: Ivan Hirschowitz, World Snooker media office, 07766 656133