World Snooker Championship: Reanne Evans to play Zhang Yong in first qualifying round

Reanne Evans
Reanne Evans last won the women's world title in 2016
Betfred World Snooker Championship
Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 20 April-6 May
Coverage: Watch live on BBC One, BBC Two, Red Button, iPlayer, Connected TV, BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

Eleven-time women's world champion Reanne Evans will play Zhang Yong in the first qualifying round of the 2019 World Snooker Championship.

Ng On-yee, the reigning women's world champion, faces former Masters winner Alan McManus, while six-time Crucible runner-up Jimmy White takes on Ross Bulman.

Three-time ranking event winner Marco Fu plays Chinese teenager Luo Honghao.

Qualifying is at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport from 10-17 April.

Evans and Ng will meet in the final qualifying round if they both get through their first two matches, with no female player having ever reached the television stages.

Players need to win three best-of-19 matches to get to the Crucible.

Only the top 16 seeds have earned an automatic place for the World Championship.

The event starts on 20 April at the Crucible in Sheffield, with three-time champion Mark Williams looking to defend his title.

World Championship top seeds

  1. Mark Williams
  2. Ronnie O'Sullivan
  3. Mark Selby
  4. Neil Robertson
  5. John Higgins
  6. Mark Allen
  7. Judd Trump
  8. Kyren Wilson
  9. Barry Hawkins
  10. Ding Junhui
  11. Jack Lisowski
  12. Stuart Bingham
  13. Shaun Murphy
  14. Luca Brecel
  15. Stephen Maguire
  16. David Gilbert

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